April Marie Hyden

April Hyden

The Grinch unsuccessfully stole Christmas, and a Homosassa woman followed in his fuzzy green footsteps.

According to a Citrus County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit, April Hyden, 43, stole Christmas ornaments, along with other items, from a residence before trying to hit the owner with his own walking stick.  

She was arrested and charged with criminal mischief ($200 or less), aggravated assault with intent to commit felony and burglary – structure – unoccupied. Bond was set at $10,500.

Deputies arrived Sunday, Nov. 21, at a Lecanto residence for a residential burglary. The victim and witness alleged some of their belongings were on the side of the garage when they returned home.

According to the report, they told deputies they saw Hyden walk out of the garage, pushing a wheelchair with the victim's property on it.

When they confronted Hyden, she alleged she owned the property and her father used to own the property. The witness said Hyden began cursing at them and wanting to fight.

The victim reportedly said Hyden tried walking away with the wheelchair and items. He tried to grab his property when Hyden took his walking stick and began "erratically" swinging at him.

According to the report, Hyden then grabbed a cooler and a tablet and tried to continue to leave the property. The victim grabbed the cooler back, but Hyden ran to an unknown house down the road and hid with the tablet. 

Hyden reportedly took the following items: a tablet, $150; a jump box, $100; Christmas ornaments, $30; various food and drink items, $40; and the wooden walking stick, $80. The approximate value of the stolen items totaled $400.

The victim reportedly told deputies he did not know Hyden and she never had permission to be on his property. He also said he had left the garage door unlocked.

According to the report, the victim's wooden lattice to his porch was also broken and appeared as if someone crawled under the porch. He said it was not broken when he left in the morning and valued the damage at approximately $40.

When deputies made contact with Hyden, she had the victim's tablet with her. Deputies also reported Hyden was uncooperative and alleged she does not have arms or legs.

Hyden was placed under arrest, handcuffed behind her back and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility for booking and processing. 

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or hannah.sachewicz@chronicleonline.com.

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