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Man accused of stealing and pawning dad’s tools to pay drug debt

Anthony Ivo Alvarez
Anthony Ivo Alvarez

A 47-year-old Yalaha man is in the Lake County Jail for allegedly stealing tools from his parents’ garage so he could pawn them to pay off a drug debt.

Anthony Ivo Alvarez is charged with three counts of defrauding a pawnbroker and one count of grand theft. He’s being held on $17,000 bond and will appear in Lake County Court on June 13.

A Lake County sheriff’s deputy responded Tuesday morning to a home on Indian Ridge Drive where Alvarez lives with his parents. Alvarez’s father told the deputy that his son had stolen the following items: a Craftsman generator valued at $500, a Ryobi drill driver and impact driver set valued at $90, a Ryobi laser circular saw valued at $60, a Craftsman sabre saw valued at $45, a Ryobi battery charger valued at $20, a Stihl chainsaw valued at $175, and a credit card.

While the deputy was on the scene, Alvarez called his mother’s cell phone and admitted to pawning several items that he took from the home. He said he was at Value Pawn, 1378 W. North Blvd. in Leesburg, so he could pawn his pickup truck.  Alvarez told his mother he was recently threatened by a black female for failing to repay her for narcotics she provided him, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Alvarez’s mother told him to remain at the pawn shop. She told the deputy that Alvarez was there along with the black female and an unknown male. Deputies were dispatched to the pawn shop, the report said.

A deputy arrived at the store and saw Alvarez sitting in the driver’s seat of his pickup truck in the parking lot. The deputy also spoke with the black female and unknown male, who acknowledged Alvarez was an acquaintance. After being read his Miranda warning, Alvarez identified the black female as the person who threatened him and denied stealing items from his parents’ residence, according to the report.

Inside the pawn shop, the manager searched his records for Alvarez’s name and confirmed that six of the items had been pawned in three visits to the store on May 12, May 14, and May 16. Pawn slips contained Alvarez’s full name, address, signature and thumb print. Alvarez received a total of $382.50 in the transactions, the report said.

Alvarez told the deputy he has pawned items in the past from the home he shares with his parents, but he always reclaimed them. He admitted he did not receive his father’s permission to pawn the most recent items, according to the report.

Alvarez was placed under arrest and taken to jail without incident.

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