Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Dade City woman charged with stealing from elderly man

Laura Taylor already had three charges to her name on Wednesday night when a deputy at the Land O'Lakes county jail asked her a simple question:

Do you have anything on your person to report to avoid additional charges?

According to an arrest report, the deputy asked the question several times.

The 45-year-old Dade City woman said she didn't, an arrest report said. She was put through a full body scanner, and it got a hit — and Taylor wound up with another charge.

But how did she end up in jail in the first place?

Earlier in the day, a 75-year-old man called deputies about a robbery. He said Taylor, who was known to him, knocked on his door. He wouldn't let her in, he told deputies, and she pushed and he fell. She entered and stole his overalls with his wallet inside, authorities said. She later told deputies she knew the man's routine — like how he kept his money in his overalls near the bed. The man said he had between $1,000 and $1,140 in his wallet.

Taylor has previous arrests on charges of drug use and prostitution, according to arrest records.

Deputies arrested Taylor on charges of home invasion robbery, battery on an elderly person and possession of marijuana.

At the jail, Taylor was given a more thorough body search. A deputy found a condom inside her with $400 in it. A sheriff's spokesman said it was part of the money stolen from the man.

Taylor was in jail on $160,000 bail on Thursday.

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