A man complained to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office that an acquaintance stole a safe from his bedroom containing cash and marijuana.
He said he chased the man’s vehicle through Clermont before losing him, but provided a description allowing deputies to apprehend 21-year-old Chris Gari, of Minneola, with not one, but two safes in the trunk of his vehicle containing marijuana and pills, according to an arrest affidavit. Although Gari said he sells Xanax pills for the man and that he owes him $1,000, he claimed sole ownership of both safes and denied being a thief, police said.
Gari was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and five counts of possessing narcotics without a prescription. He was booked into the Lake County Jail and was released after posting a $27,000 bond.
The man who reported the theft told deputies that Gari took the safe from his bedroom at about 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Inside the safe was $500 and a small amount of marijuana, said the man.
Based on a description provided by the man, a sheriff’s deputy stopped Gari’s vehicle at about 3:30 p.m. and found two safes in the trunk, the affidavit stated. Inside the safes were five Mason jars full of marijuana and two pill bottles containing alprazolam, adderall and clonazepam pills.
Gari said the safes belong to him and he was not at the man’s house on Friday.