SPRING HILL — Two weeks ago, Rebecca Lynn Reed caught a break and avoided a felony conviction after she was accused of stealing more than $18,000 from her grandmother. On Friday, the 37-year-old Spring Hill woman was caught trying to steal nasal spray, a bottle of vitamins and an Iron Man 3 DVD from a Spring Hill Walmart store, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report.
An employee at the store at 1485 Commercial Way saw Reed conceal the items in her purse about 6:40 p.m. Friday and then try to leave the store, the report states. Reed told a deputy "that she was wrong in what she had done and that it was her boyfriend's idea to take the items," which were worth $37.66, the report states. She was given a notice to appear in court on a charge of retail theft.
Reed was arrested in November and charged with organized fraud after admitting to stealing about $18,500 from her grandmother by cashing fraudulent checks to pay for her and her boyfriend's bills, authorities say. On Dec. 30, Reed pleaded no contest to petty theft after her grandmother signed a waiver of prosecution, said Assistant State Attorney Matt Pila.
The new charge means Reed will be arrested for violating her probation, Pila said. A judge could extend her probation or send her to jail for up to a year.