Two men were arrested Wednesday as they unloaded their produce from a U-Haul truck at Stokes Flea Market on State Road 44. That's because the rental truck they were using should have been returned 11 days before, authorities said.
Eugene Eddie Gadsden, 48, of Lake Weir and Samual Steve Gadsden, 45, of Tampa both were charged with grand theft and booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility, where they are being held in lieu of $30,000 bail each.
A report of a stolen vehicle at Stokes Flea Market led deputies to the two men at 12:40 p.m. The two men admitted the truck wasn't theirs, according to a sheriff's report, but the produce was.
According to Marion County U-Haul, Marco Gadsden, the son of Eugene Gadsden, rented the truck on April 17 and should have returned it the next day. The two men said they did not know the truck was not returned on time, the report said.
House fire investigation
leads to woman's arrest
Authorities arrested a 51-year-old Homosassa woman Tuesday on charges that she set fire to a residence on April 23.
Karen Chrysler Vandergriff of 7229 W Lacey Lane was booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility, where she is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. According to a Citrus County sheriff's report, Vandergriff was seen in the back yard at 3579 W Enright Ter., Homosassa, just before the residence caught fire. Vandergriff was acting as caretaker for several properties with the same owner as the home she is accused of setting fire to, the report said.
Investigators questioned Vandergriff and she denied any knowledge. However, Vandergriff told witnesses that she liked to set fires and had done so in the past, the report said. She also knew the fire had started beneath the structure.