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News Date: 12/19/2012 

 Lakeland woman stole musical instruments, generator, and gold wedding band from 90-year-old victim 

 26-year-old Alyssa Dawn Tate of 909 Shirley Ann Trail, Lakeland was arrested yesterday, December 18, 2012 on a variety of felony charges related to multiple thefts and dealing in stolen property.

Tate has a lengthy pawn history, so detectives are asking that anyone who may have had contact with Tate and are missing property, to please contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 863.298.6200; ask to speak with Detective Jessica Campbell.

“It is pretty sad to steal from a friend’s father.  It’s just terrible to steal from a 90-year-old man who trusted and paid a woman to help do some house cleaning and cooking.”    --Sheriff Grady Judd

On 12/17/12 detectives met with a victim in a grand theft that occurred on Sunset Way North in Lakeland.  The homeowner told deputies he believed that his son’s friend Alyssa Tate was responsible for the theft of a gold chain and a gold propeller pendant.  Investigation revealed that Alyssa Tate had in fact pawned the victim’s property at West Coast Pawn on 11/26/12.

Detectives and the victim also discovered a skill saw that belonged to him that was pawned that he did not realize had been stolen from October 2012.  Going over the list of pawned items, the victim stated that he recognized some of the other pawned property as belonging to his 90-year-old neighbor who employs Tate to assist him in house cleaning and cooking.  

Through contact with the 90-year-old neighbor, detectives discovered that he was missing a banjo, two mandolins, two guitars, a gas generator and his gold wedding band.  Detectives took the elderly victim to Absolute Pawn and located all of his property except the wedding band.  

Detectives then interviewed Tate about the thefts.  Post Miranda, Tate gave a full taped confession and stated that the reason she was stealing property was because she is addicted to prescription pain medication.  “I hope Ms. Tate gets help with her drug abuse problem, but she needs to be held accountable for her crimes and provide full restitution for all of her victims.  Drug abuse is NOT a victimless crime.”  --Sheriff Grady Judd

 Tate was transported to the Polk County Jail without incident where she was charged in both cases.  Charges are: Grand Theft (2 counts); Fraud/False Pawn Information (6 counts); and Dealing in Stolen Property (6 counts).  She is being held in the Polk County Jail on $62,000 bond.  The investigation still continues into Tate’s pawn history.