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Gainesville woman arrested for grand theft after allegedly taking $940 from unattended wallet at laundromat

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Eureka Sammanual Simmons, 34, was arrested yesterday and charged with grand theft and providing false information to an officer after allegedly taking $940 from an unattended wallet at a laundromat and telling the investigating police officer that she didn’t take any money from the wallet before she set it back down.

At about 11:31 a.m. on June 17, the victim reported that his wallet containing about $1,500 had been stolen from the Senor Bubbles Laundromat (4080 SW 24th Avenue). Video surveillance reportedly shows Simmons picking up the wallet from a table where the victim had left it; she is shown opening the wallet and looking around before going into the women’s restroom for some time. When she leaves the bathroom, she is reportedly carrying something wrapped in paper towels.

The officer reportedly used Simmons’ laundromat membership card to identify the woman in the video and spoke with her the next day. Post Miranda, she reportedly said she had picked up the wallet to find the owner and had wrapped it in paper towels so nobody would see her walking around with the wallet. She allegedly said that she put the wallet down in the laundromat and did not take anything from it.

Simmons met with another officer after her interview with the first officer, and she reportedly told the second officer that she had not been honest with the first officer because she did not want to be arrested in front of her children. She said that she briefly looked for the owner of the wallet after she found it, but didn’t see anyone; she reportedly said that she took about $940 in cash from the wallet and briefly took the wallet back to her house before driving to a nearby apartment complex, where she dropped the wallet in a trash can. She was reportedly unable to describe where the trash can was but said she had gone back to try to retrieve the wallet and had found that the trash can had been emptied.

Simmons was reportedly remorseful and offered to return the money, saying she had spent $140 but had put $800 in her bank account. However, when the sworn complaint was completed on June 26, the officer reported that she had not returned any of the money.

A warrant for her arrest was issued on July 1 by Judge William Davis with a recommended bail of $600. Simmons was arrested on July 8 and has been released after posting bail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • A warrant for her arrest was issued on July 1 by Judge William Davis with a recommended bail of $600. Simmons was arrested on July 8 and has been released after posting bail. JUSTICE!!!

    • it’s not exactly the crime of the century, seems appropriate, assuming her first or second offense only, just imo

    • Apparently new court guidelines want bails set at a level a suspect could reasonably afford to set. It has a silver lining, because once bailed out the perps could move to Atlanta and turn over a new leaf 😎😎

  • When she made her momentous discovery, did she yell


    “Eureka!”?

  • My mama always said “NEVER LEAVE YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS” down just anywhere. People should be more responsible! I bet she thought she had a pot of gold… “IM RICHHHHH!!!”

  • Great job there judge, she just used the stolen money to pay for her bail. What a disgusting beast of a criminal.

  • Who leaves their unattended wallet with that much money in it at a laundromat? $600 Bond for stealing $940. That makes no sense. She made $340 profit committing a crime….

  • Shaaazam!!! Wanna score it BIG, just go to de laundromat and grab yo-self a wallet full of cash 💸 💰 but watch out, da man might be waitin on ya 😉

    • Read the article again. Basic education is free. The charge would have been more severe if over the 1000. Mark. There are a multitude of reasons why someone would carry that amount..All legal..Why he did is not the issue

      • That still doesn’t answer why someone would leave a wallet with 1500. dollars in it lying on a laundry mat table. She’s a thief no doubt, but how silly to leave your wallet on a table?

        • Again read the article.. it was not 1500. That was amount he claimed..Said it was about 1500. Turned out to be 940. Anyway, yes was stupid, but I doubt there is anyone here who hasn’t forgot something. Keys, glasses, phone. Etc. Whether it was 940 or closer to 1500 doesn’t matter. And I bet half the people on here would have taken the money if someone left it out.

          • Just think, if it would have happened in California it would have been the victim’s fault.

            We’re not there yet, but local leaders are trying their damnedest.

          • If everything is based on local leaders, you have 2 choices.. Vote them out, or move to a place that agrees with your interpretation of how life should be. Cuba, Venezuela…maybe.

          • Not based on them, many of the current conditions are based on their politics.
            I’m hoping there will be enough common sense voters to fix what you liberal idiots have broken once the new district voting takes place.
            It’s obvious you bringing your ideologies to town isn’t working.

          • Wake up..Gainesville is a Blue city. Alachua County has always voted Blue. Democrats have always been of higher education and intellect. With Shands and the U.F it will remain so. It is Repugnants that are a minority here. So as I said, find a place that appeals to your way of life.

          • Higher education perhaps. Higher intelligence, 🤣🤣.

            Only an idiot would vote to increase their taxes and utility rates.
            That explains things. Since the City of Gainesville is blue, and the voters continue to elect people who do just that, one could conclude it’s mainly a village of idiots.
            Don’t fret, I didn’t exclude you since most of your type worry about inclusion so much. Wouldn’t want you to cry about not getting an equitable share of the blame.

          • Hey, I’m happy to take some of the blame . If it makes you Repugnants crazy, my job is done

          • Crazy? Not so much, angry would be more descriptive.
            Please make sure you tell your full intent though – you won’t be happy until you’ve completely destroyed this country. Maybe it’s you who should move, California is on it’s way down the proverbial drain, Venezuela is practically gone and Cuba’s been gone. Those places are much more used to the pestilence you’re spreading.

          • Jeff is only one of the many contributors.
            He appears to be proud of it.

  • Is anyone surprised by this? They should look into the owner of the wallet and see if that isn’t drug money. Who walks around with that much cash in their wallet and then leaves it carelessly on a table in the laundromat? This woman is a liar and a thief.

  • Is anyone surprised by this? They should look into the owner of the wallet and see if that isn’t drug money. Who walks around with that much cash in their wallet and then leaves it carelessly on a table in the laundromat? This woman is a liar and a thief.

    • Exactly how does an officer determine if $1,500 in cash in a wallet with no other context to go off of is ‘drug money’?

    • Seriously?? I keep access to 5000. at all times and carry 1000. When I go anywhere. Try getting your money or using an ATM card if we lost our power grid due to Kim putting a nuclear rocket into space. Or closer to home, your account is drained by hackers that access banks. That happened recently. Sure you get the money back..maybe, but not right away.

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