Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

HCSO: Woman burglarizes neighbor for cigarette money

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested Florinda Marie Hancock, 40, on Wednesday night after she allegedly broke into a neighbor's mobile home to steal a jar of change.

An arrest affidavit shows Hancock lives in a duplex apartment connected to the victim's mobile home on Canal Drive in Brooksville.

After prying her way inside with a screwdriver, Hancock took about $5.65 in loose change, as well as a set of pliers, which she used to cut the cords to three surveillance cameras outside of the home, according to the sheriff's office.

Hancock later told law enforcement "she was feeling desperate and needed money for cigarettes."

She was booked on charges of burglary and criminal mischief, and remains in jail in lieu of $16,000 bond.

Booking records show Hancock has been arrested on failure to appear and violation of probation charges in the past.

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