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Woman wanted in string of car break-ins ID'd, arrested, deputies say

Volusia deputies now searching for others involved in crimes

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(Photos courtesy of VCSO, BCSO)

DeBary, Fla. – The woman deputies were seeking the public's help in identifying in connection with a recent string of car break-ins in DeBary has been identified and arrested, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives have positively linked Dianne Garrett, 31, of Orlando, to the break-in of two vehicles Gemini Springs Park in DeBary earlier this month, deputies said. Authorities believe Garrett may be connected to others.

Garrett was accused of cashing several checks that were stolen from one of the victims. Deputies said Garrett tried to pass herself off as the victim by using the woman's stolen identification cards.

During the investigation, deputies found several pictures of Garrett trying to make fraudulent transactions at Central Florida banks, deputies said. Deputies said that in many of the photos, Garrett was wearing a wig as a way to change her appearance.

Deputies released a photo of the woman Tuesday, asking for the public's help in identifying her.

The Sheriff's Office obtained an arrest warrant for Garrett Friday, charging her with three counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information and one count of uttering a forgery, deputies said.

Garrett was arrested in Broward County Saturday night, and was being held on $20,000 bond, Volusia County deputies said.

Deputies have not yet determined if Garrett was the one who actually broke into the vehicles, but they believe she was working with others, deputies said.

Detectives said they believe the group may be responsible for other crimes in the area.

Garrett has a criminal history related to fraud charges in Florida, Kansas and Oklahoma, Volusia deputies said. Additional charges against Garrett are pending as the investigation continues, according to the Sheriff's Office.


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