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Pair in stolen car arrested at grocery store in The Villages

Anna Marie Thomas
Anna Marie Thomas
Brandon Delawter
Brandon Delawter

Two people in a stolen car were arrested at a grocery in The Villages.

An officer was on patrol at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when his automatic license plate reader hit on a stolen Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department. The officer conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie supermarket at La Plaza Grande.

The officer confirmed the vehicle had been reported stolen in Marion County.

The driver was identified as 34-year-old Brandon Michael Delawter of Ocala, who has a suspended license. Delawter told the officer that he and the owner of the vehicle “had a fight at a gas station” and the owner threatened to report the vehicle had been stolen.

Police found a bag containing 17.46 grams of methamphetamine in the driver’s side door pocket.

Delawter was arrested on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, driving while license suspended and possession of methamphetamine. He was booked at the Lake County Jail on $7,500 bond.

A passenger in the vehicle was identified as 34-year-old Anna Marie Thomas of Silver Springs. She was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, Diphenidine and drug paraphernalia. She was booked at the jail on $6,000 bond.

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