Lake Mary police announced Wednesday that they are not going to charge George Zimmerman with stealing a king-sized bed, antique chair and several other pieces of furniture from his mother-in-law's rental house where he lived for several months.
Department spokesman Officer Zach Hudson characterized the matter as "a civil dispute".
Earlier, Hudson described it as a landlord-tenant dispute.
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Lake Mary, FL, USA
Zimmerman's mother-in-law, Machelle Dean, last month filed a police report, accusing Zimmerman of stealing items from the house where he had lived for several months.
It includes $4,400 worth of items, including $3,000 worth of leather furniture, a pillow-top king-sized bed, an antique chair owned by his estranged wife's grandmother and other items, according to a police report.
She also accused him of defacing the kitchen cabinets by writing on them, the report said.
Police tried to question Zimmerman but he referred questions to his attorney, Mark O'Mara, the report said. At one point, O'Mara said he'd just pay the estimated loss himself "because his client did not need the extra attention," the report said.
However, that never happened.
Zimmerman and his wife, Shellie, had split up Aug. 13 and a few weeks later – on Sept. 9 – had a very public dispute when she called police, complaining that he was threatening her and her father as they tried to move belongings out of the house.
Lake Mary police investigated but made no arrest.
There was no word Wednesday on whether police had made progress in that case. They were considering having another agency try to retrieve video from Shellie Zimmerman's iPad, which George Zimmerman destroyed after she recorded the confrontation.
Zimmerman is the 29-year-old former Neighborhood Watch volunteer acquitted by a Seminole County jury in July of murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old.
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