Text messages about a stolen pistol and gift cards led to the arrest of a Citrus County woman.
The arrest of Jasmine Marie Lockard, 26, began when the victim told Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies that Lockard had stolen his 9mm pistol and gift cards, according to the arrest report.
The victim told the arresting deputy that the victim and he had an agreement that they could check each other’s phones. The victim first saw his holstered pistol missing Dec. 12, and early that night checked Lockard’s phone.
The victim showed the deputy Lockard’s text messages contacting another person and saying she had the gun and gift cards and she would leave them for the other person to pick up.
Lockard told deputies she knew nothing about the thefts and that she had been with her stepfather the day the gun was taken, according to the arrest report. The deputy asked the stepfather if that was true and the stepfather said he wasn’t with Lockard that day.
Instead, the stepfather told the deputy that Lockard had told him she had taken the gun and gift cards and given them to another man, according to the arrest report.
Lockard’s mother also told the deputy a similar story about Lockard saying she had taken the gun, according to the arrest report.
The deputy on Dec. 13 arrested Lockard and charged her with grand theft of the firearm and petit theft of the gift cards. Her bond was $5,500.
On Dec. 14, a second deputy interviewed Lockard at the Citrus County jail and Lockard admitted to taking the gun and trading it for heroine, according to a second arrest report.
The deputy charged her with trafficking in stolen property. She was given an additional bond of $5,000.