Man on pre-trial release arrested with “extremely large amount of jewelry” at a pawn shop, was also wanted for stealing and pawning a bike from Walmart


Lildanny Dee Williams, 29, was arrested yesterday at a pawn shop on a warrant for dealing in stolen property. At the time of his arrest, he had an “extremely large amount of jewelry” in retail boxes in his bag, along with cocaine and a handgun with a scratched-off serial number.

At about 1:30 p.m. on May 4, Williams was spotted at Oaks South Pawn Shop; he was known to have an outstanding warrant for dealing in stolen property. Gainesville Police Department officers responded to detain Williams on the warrant and searched him in the process of arresting him.

Williams reportedly had a satchel containing a loaded handgun with a scratched-off serial number; it had also been altered with paint. The satchel also reportedly contained an “extremely large amount” of jewelry, much of it still in retail boxes and without any receipts.

Post Miranda, Williams reportedly said he had taken the gun from his cousin a week before, that he had applied some of the paint to the gun, and that he intended to turn it over to a specific Sheriff’s Deputy. However, when Williams was told that the Deputy reportedly had no knowledge of this plan, he reportedly said he had intended to call the Deputy after leaving the pawn shop. Williams does not have a concealed weapons permit, according to the arrest report.

After Williams was transported to the jail, his property was inventoried, and three small baggies and a cut straw were reportedly found in a pocket of the bag. One baggie reportedly contained a small amount of cocaine, and the other two baggies had residue. The cut straw also had cocaine residue on both ends, which also reportedly tested positive for cocaine.

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Williams has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, with bail of $20,000, and possession of cocaine and drug equipment, with bail of $15,000.

The warrant was for an April case in which Williams allegedly stole a bike from Walmart and pawned it; bail in that case is set at $20,000.

Williams was on pre-trial release in a case from November, 2021, in which he allegedly pawned a stolen handgun; his bond has been revoked in that case, so he will be held without bond. He was also on pre-trial release in a case from January in which he allegedly stole $3,000 in lottery tickets from a Circle K by pretending he had been sent by the store manager to help the staff at the store; his bond has also been revoked in that case. He is also facing a criminal traffic violation for driving with a suspended license in January, and there is a sworn complaint alleging that he stole a large number of items from Walmart in April and rolled them out of the store in a 32-gallon trash can.

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.