Couple Allegedly Fakes Break-In To Cover Up Hit And Run Accident

Police noticied inconsistences in the couple's story and a broken fingernail sealed the deal.  

By Benjamin H. Smith

A Florida couple is under arrest after police say they faked a home burglary to cover up a hit and run automobile accident that sent someone to the hospital. The Orlando Sentinel reports Garrick and Adria Gunn of Deltona were arrested Tuesday on charges of destroying, tampering with, or fabricating physical evidence, making a false report of a crime and providing false information to law enforcement.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Adria Gunn was involved in a car crash June 6, which caused one person to be hospitalized and damaged a traffic signal. A witness to the crash reportedly told authorities a woman fitting Adria Gunn’s description had asked them to drive her away from the accident scene. When they refused, they claim they saw the woman make a call on her cell phone and tell the person on the other end of the line, “Man, hurry up and come get me, (because) I don’t have no license.”

The following day, Garrick and Adria Gunn reported a burglary at their home in Deltona, Florida. Garrick allegedly told deputies he and his wife were visiting family an hour north in Bunnell when his insurance company called, telling him his pickup truck had been involved in an accident. He said he then rushed home to discover his truck had been stolen and his house had been broken into.  

Deputies, however, noticed inconsistences in the Gunn’s story, including the fact that the door they claimed burglars used, was allegedly undamaged. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper also noticed a broken fingernail inside the truck, similar to ones Adria Gunn was allegedly wearing at the time of the hit-and-run.

According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Garrick Gunn has served four prison stints for cocaine-related offenses, including a two-year sentence for which he was released on May 31. Adria Gunn, meanwhile, has a theft conviction from 2014. They are currently being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $7,000 bail.


[Photo: Volusia County Corrections]


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