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Land O'Lakes woman jailed in theft of car and other property

WESLEY CHAPEL

Woman jailed in theft of car, other property

A 24-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday in a string of seven car burglaries last month on Maximilian Drive, authorities said.

Majestica Santillan, of 21512 Southwood Drive in Land O'Lakes, was first arrested June 13 on charges of loitering and prowling, and released the next day. At the time, she was carrying property that had been reported stolen from the cars, Pasco deputies said.

On Wednesday, she was arrested again — this time after she crashed a stolen car into a tree while fleeing from deputies, who found her carrying more stolen property and pain medication without a prescription, according to reports. Santillan had spent about an hour and a half in the early morning of May 18 smashing windshields and taking items valued at $20 to $450, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Santillan was convicted of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud in February and served five months in prison last fall for several crimes including trafficking in stolen property and possessing a controlled substance.

Now charged with the theft of the car, six counts of car burglary and possessing a controlled substance, she is being held at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $37,000 bail.

LAND O'LAKES

Man faces charges of molesting three girls

Deputies arrested a 54-year-old man Wednesday on accusations that he molested three girls, all younger than 12.

On several occasions, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said, Andrea Prince Walker fondled the girls, using threats to get them to comply and remain quiet.

After sexually touching an 11-year-old girl, the report said, Walker threatened to kill her if she told anyone. Authorities say he also fondled a 9-year-old and a 12-year-old, forcing the younger child to perform a sex act on him.

Deputies later discovered that the 9-year-old had written about the incident in her journal.

Walker, of 3315 Thistledown Lane in Land O'Lakes, has been charged with capital sexual battery on a victim under 12 and two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.

He is being held at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

HOLIDAY

Gun sale fraud alleged against Holiday man

Over the past few months, authorities said, James Duncan auctioned firearms through an online bidding site, then collected payment from the winners. But he never had any guns to sell, Pasco deputies said.

Duncan, 48, of 3302 Bainbridge Drive, was arrested Wednesday on charges of accepting payments for guns he never delivered. He created at least three fake auctions on the website Gunbroker.com, copying photographs and information from legitimate auctions to sell various weapons to people nationwide, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Victims paid from $606 for a Heckler & Koch pistol to $860 for a Kimber handgun. When one tried to contact Duncan, he avoided calls or made excuses, the victim told deputies. Authorities believe Duncan may have defrauded more victims and are asking them to come forward.

Duncan, who is disabled and unemployed, told deputies he used money from the sales to buy clothing and food for his children.

He has been charged with three counts of grand theft and was released on $6,000 bail.

By Vivian Yee, Times Staff Writer

Land O'Lakes woman jailed in theft of car and other property 06/24/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 24, 2010 9:16pm]

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