Sebastian Woman Accused of Stealing Firearms

Kristina Marie Cleveland of Sebastian, Florida.
Kristina Marie Cleveland of Sebastian, Florida.

On Tuesday, deputies responded to the 400 block of 11th Court in Vero Beach in reference to a residential burglary in progress. The caller advised that the suspect was inside his house and he could see her through one of his security cameras.

The caller said his ex-girlfriend, identified as 37-year-old Kristina Marie Cleveland, was inside his home and accused her of stealing some firearms he kept inside a closet. After seeing Cleveland on camera, he ran home and noticed two of his firearms were missing. One was a .22 caliber Ruger MK II, and the other was a Colt SMG rifle 9mm with a full auto-selection, the affidavit said.

The victim advised that he could track Cleveland through an old phone she had in her vehicle. Deputies responded to the address given by the victim, according to the report.

A deputy approached the vehicle at the address and made contact with Cleveland, who was sitting in the front passenger seat. In plain view, the deputy observed a firearm in an open bag which was located in between Cleveland’s legs on the floorboard, the affidavit said.

In the bag was the .22 caliber Ruger MK II, and under the vehicle by the passenger door was a Colt SMG 9mm rifle. Also in the bag were several green and white pills.

Cleveland, who resides on Joy Haven Drive in Sebastian, advised that she did not know that the firearms were in her bag until she saw deputies pull up. Cleveland also advised that the pills were Xanax and that she did not have a prescription. She told deputies that she buys the pills for $7 each. Deputies confirmed that they were Xanax.

“When she saw the firearms, she threw the rifle under the vehicle because she knew she was a convicted felon,” the deputy said.

Cleveland told deputies that she used to live at the address with her boyfriend. She vacated the victim’s home on Monday. Cleveland said she made arrangements to pick up her belongings on Tuesday. She picked up a bag that was left inside the home.

“Cleveland said she had no idea that the firearms were in her bag when she took the bag from [the victim’s] house,” the deputy said.

However, as deputies continued to question Cleveland, she finally admitted to stealing the firearms to sell them for drugs in Gifford, according to the affidavit.

“Cleveland has an extensive criminal history, and upon running a criminal history, I determined that Cleveland had her first felony conviction on May 16, 2008, in Indian River County. Afterward, she has had several other felony convictions,” the deputy said.

Cleveland was charged with two counts of Felony Grand Theft of a Firearm, Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

According to jail records, Cleveland has been arrested approximately 16 times in Indian River County.

Bond was set at $28,500.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.