A 20-year-old Eustis woman who’s been in and out of jail multiple times over the last two years was charged Tuesday with grand theft auto after she admitted to taking a vehicle and not returning to the owner.
Debra Cheyenne Ramsey, of 1202 Dewey St., was a passenger in a vehicle that a Lake County sheriff’s deputy recognized as being reported stolen in Lake County. The deputy saw the silver car traveling south on U.S. Highway 441 near Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and conducted a traffic stop after it turned into the parking lot of the Circle K at 2211 Citrus Blvd.
The driver of the vehicle was Ramsey’s sister, who said she didn’t know anything about the vehicle being stolen and that Ramsey already had possession of the vehicle when she picked her up. She said she was homeless and lives in the woods. The driver said she was only driving because Ramsey told her she was feeling ill, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Ramsey admitted to the deputy she took the vehicle and never returned it to its owner. She said her sister and the male passenger in the back seat did not know the vehicle was stolen, the report said.
Ramsey was also charged with failing to appear in a DUI case in Orange County. Lake County Jail records show she was charged in April with possession of methamphetamine and arrested twice in 2021 – for possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest in July and for burglary and grand theft in December.
Ramsey was released on $4,000 bond and will appear in Lake County Court on Jan. 3, 2023.