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Three arrested on grand theft auto charges in Brooksville

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - A woman and two men were arrested on grand theft auto charges Saturday after allegedly attempting to tow away a parked pickup truck on Neff Lake Road.

A witness told deputies he was walking on his cousin's property when he heard noises from his cousin's pickup parked on the other side of the house, according to an arrest report.

The witness said when he walked around the other side he saw Shaina Marie Edmondson, 26, Jake Bryant, 33, and William Dean Avery Crouse, 22, all of 3265 Neff Lake Road.

Edmondson was driving an SUV and towing the pickup by a rope from the driveway, and once the witness confronted them, Crouse jumped in the back of the SUV driven by Edmondson, and Bryant walked across the street, according to the report.

The witness said he thinks the pickup rolled down the hill driveway at an angle and became disengaged from the SUV Edmondson was driving.

Edmondson then drove across the street and parked out of sight, the report states.

Crouse repeatedly denied any involvement with the alleged crime, deputies said. Bryant told deputies Crouse asked him to help him tow a car across the street back to their house, due to someone giving it to him, deputies said.

Edmondson said Bryant told her someone gave him the truck, and asked if she could help him tow it across the street to their house, and she did not know they were stealing the car, deputies said.

Bryant's spouse told deputies two days earlier all three were talking about going across the street, breaking the car's steering column, then selling it for $250 to a junk guy, the report shows.

The spouse also said Edmondson came into the house and told her about the attempted theft, the report states, and that the other two men later arrived, and said that "the cops are coming" before leaving in their car.

But then several minutes later they came back, the report states, and were taken to Hernando County Jail each on $2,000 bond.

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