George Zimmerman Accused of Stealing FurnitureBy: Lacy Langley - September 28, 2013
Lake Mary Police say that they were called by George Zimmerman’s mother-in-law to the home George and Shellie Zimmerman rented from Shellie’s parents, Machelle and David Dean on Thursday. Machelle reportedly accused George of stealing furniture from, and damaging, the home. Shellie Zimmerman was out of town Thursday when the alleged furniture theft took place.
Police spokesman Zach Hudson said George Zimmerman was supposed to vacate the house by Thursday, and when the Deans came by to inspect it, they found furniture and a television missing and unknown damage. “We have a complaint that there are some items missing from 300 Sprucewood,” said Hudson. “There was some damage to the house. Who committed that damage, I don’t know. Was it there before hand, I don’t know. We’re trying to figure out exactly what we have here.”
George Zimmerman has not been a stranger to run-ins with the law since his acquittal in the controversial trial in which he was accused of murdering unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Twice since the end of the trial, Zimmerman has been pulled over for speeding.
A few days after Shellie filed for divorce, he was arrested and briefly taken into custody after she told police Zimmerman punched her father in the nose and smashed her iPad. She also said that he threatened her while putting his hand on his gun. All this allegedly took place at the same home that police were called to Thursday. Despite police saying they never saw or confiscated a gun at the scene, she stands by that story, she told Matt Lauer on the Today Show.
“I did not see a gun, but I saw — I know my husband. I saw him in a stance and a look in his eyes that I have never seen before,” she said. “His shirt was halfway unbuttoned and he was putting his hand in his shirt and saying, ‘Please step closer, please step closer,’ so I think that logically I assumed he had a gun on him.”
Shellie hopes to move on with her life after the divorce is final. Her attorney, Kelly Sims, who appeared with her on TODAY Thursday, said the divorce papers have been filed, but George has not been served with them because they don’t know where he is.
“(I’m) just focusing on myself,” she said. “I’ve lost 40 pounds since the trial. I’m really taking care of myself and moving forward with my life.”
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