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Women arrested for car theft, drug possession

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Amanda Leighanne Taylor, 23, and Amanda Lee Thompson, 41, were arrested yesterday morning after an officer saw them in a car that had been reported stolen.

A Gainesville Police Department officer reported seeing Taylor driving a car that had been reported stolen. Post Miranda, Taylor reportedly said she had been driving the vehicle since early that morning after riding with someone who had borrowed the car. She reportedly said they were supposed to go to the store and then return the car, but they didn’t return the car as promised. Taylor reportedly said she took the car from the person who borrowed it but then could not contact the owner to return the car; she said she planned to leave the car in a parking lot. She reportedly had the key to the car in her bag.

Taylor was last arrested in December of 2021 for car theft; in that case, the victim reportedly identified her as the woman who drove away in his car when he left it running, but Taylor reportedly said someone else stole the car, and she just met the woman to transfer vehicles. That case was referred to Drug Court for pre-trial diversion, but Taylor reportedly did not provide urine samples, attend counseling sessions, or appear at her February hearing, and a warrant for her arrest was issued on February 25.

Taylor has been charged with car theft and is being held on a total of $32,000 bond in the two cases.

Thompson was also reportedly riding in the stolen car, and the officer reported that she provided him with a false identity but eventually gave him her real name. The officer also reportedly found marijuana and white crushed pills that were identified as Molly (MDPV) in a search after arrest.

Thompson has been charged with drug possession and providing false identification to law enforcement. She also had an outstanding warrant for violating probation on a case in which she was convicted of stealing about $15,000 in forged checks from an elderly couple while providing dogsitting services. She is being held on $4,000 bond in this case and without bond for violating the conditions of her probation.

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. 

  • So which on3 of you snowflake fox News noobs gonna say sum racist shiz about this article.. your loose grasp on history is apparent and embarrassing.. how can you sit on ur privileged bum and make fun of others suffering from drug addiction or mental health problems.. labeling every thing WOKE when ur lizard brains can’t process empathy and understanding.. everything isn’t political.. wrong is wrong..right is right.. I’d say grow the F up.. but that ship has sailed.. have fun with your miserable lives.. I doubt this will get published because this paper is complicit..

    • Geezus: what you posted is total nonsense. Did you
      graduate from high school or can you hold a job and
      earn an honest living with your anger and mental issues? It’s not ok what the two Amanda’s did. There’s
      no excuse. They have to take personal responsibility for
      their actions. It’s nobody’s fault but their own that they’re
      In jail. If you did the same, you would be in jail too.

      • “Crime doesn’t pay”, “don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”, and Jesus Geesus, “The 10 commandments”…and then there’s the lyrics “I fought the law and the law won”…it’s a wonderful life!

  • Leanne has a great set of parents I don’t understand why she chose this road there are lots of children out here that have parents that are outstanding and they still choose to do their own pass what a shame she is a relative of mine and I have children that have learned to go their own path as well no matter how much you have tried to teach them or coach them they still try to do things on their own their own way they call themselves grown all I can do is step back and step away and let them choose their own fate what a shame

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