Adam Albert Waller

Adam Albert Waller 

Angry over an unpaid debt, a Floral City man is accused of stealing the debtor’s car.

The arrest of Adam Albert Waller, 40, originated from a complaint made on Feb. 1. The victim at the time of the theft was arrested and in the Citrus County jail.

The victim told Citrus County investigators that when he turned himself in to deputies on Dec. 30, 2020, he had parked his 1986 black Crown Victoria at the corner of County Road 48 and Trails End, according to the arrest report.

The victim told deputies that he asked his mother to pick up his car but when she arrived the vehicle was already gone. He told deputies that no one had permission to take the car.

When asked who might have taken it, he told deputies that he suspected Waller or another man.

On Feb. 6, a Sumter County Sheriff’s deputy saw the victim’s car at the Dollar General on County Road 476 and initiated a traffic stop, according to arrest records.

The deputy arrested the driver, but the driver explained that Waller sold him the car for $250 on Jan. 29, 2020, and signed off on the vehicle’s title as the owner.

The Citrus County deputy learned on Feb. 13 that Waller had been arrested on an unrelated charge. There had been a warrant for his arrest and he was charged with resisting arrest without violence.

On Feb. 15, the arresting deputy went to the Citrus County jail to meet with Waller about the stolen car.

According to the report, Waller told the deputy that the victim owed him $400 and didn’t pay it back. Waller told the deputy he knew that the victim was arrested and in jail so he took the car and sold it for $400.

“I was mad at him for not paying me the money he owed me, so I stole his car then sold it for $400 and got the money back that he owed me,” he reportedly told the deputy according to the arrest report.

The deputy charged him with trafficking in stolen property and theft of the vehicle. His bond was set at $7,000.

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at fred.hiers@chronicleonline.com or 352-397-5914.