A couple from Citra was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after they were accused of pawning a stolen generator.
On Thursday, November 3, the female victim contacted MCSO to advise that her Champion 7500-watt generator, which was valued at $1,000, had been stolen from her home. She advised that she last saw the generator at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2.
The MCSO report stated that the victim still possessed the owner’s manual for the generator, which listed the generator’s serial number.
On Tuesday, November 15, an MCSO corporal conducted a computer search for recent pawn shop transactions involving a generator. The corporal located a pawn shop report showing a Champion generator that was sold by 30-year-old Darlene Rose Stracke at the Value Pawn located at 315 S Pine Avenue on November 3.
According to the MCSO report, the serial number of the generator sold by Stracke matched the serial number of the stolen generator. While at the pawn shop, Stracke had received $300 for the transaction.
The corporal responded to Value Pawn and reviewed the original pawn slip, which showed that Stracke had pawned the stolen generator. On the slip, the corporal observed Stracke’s thumb print and her signature acknowledging that she owned the generator.
The corporal then reviewed the pawn shop’s video surveillance footage from November 3, and Stracke was observed signing the pawn slip shortly after 9:30 a.m. Several minutes prior to Stracke signing the slip, another individual, identified as 29-year-old Shi Edison Headden, walked into the store carrying the generator and placed it on the front counter, according to the MCSO report.
In the MCSO report, the corporal noted that the sheriff’s office was familiar with Stracke and Headden. According to the report, Stracke and Headden are romantically involved and previously resided just a few houses away from the victim’s home.
The corporal learned the current address where Stracke and Headden are residing. Upon arrival at their home, the corporal made contact with Stracke.
After being read her Miranda rights, Stracke advised that she was “hanging out” in the area of the victim’s home “right after Halloween” when Headden showed up with the generator. Headden then allegedly told her that her identification was needed in order to sell the generator.
Stracke stated that after the generator was pawned, Headden informed her that it had been stolen. She claimed that she did not receive any money for selling the generator since she “provided all the money” to Headden. She added that another individual had given Stracke and Headden a ride to the pawn shop, and she had given the driver $30 for gas.
The corporal located the man who had given Headden and Stracke a ride to the pawn shop. The man advised that Headden had unsuccessfully attempted to sell him the generator for $300 on November 2. The following day, he confirmed that he drove Headden and Stracke to the pawn shop.
Stracke was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail on November 15. According to the MCSO report, the corporal intercepted a jail phone call between Stracke and Headden, and Headden was overhead stating, “Why would I let you take the charges for something I did?”
The MCSO report also stated that Headden and Stracke discussed the possibility that a neighbor across the street had surveillance cameras that may have captured Headden walking with the generator down the street “if he took it.”
On Tuesday, November 22, Headden was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $21,000 bond. He is facing several felony charges that include dealing in stolen property and grand theft (over $750 but less than $5,000).
A court date has been scheduled for Headden on Tuesday, December 27 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.
Stracke was released from jail on $5,000 bond. She is facing felony charges for dealing in stolen property and providing false ownership information for a pawned item ($300 or more).
A court date has been scheduled for Stracke on Tuesday, December 20 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.