Man blames crack cocaine addiction for stealing, pawning television in Village of Silver Lake

Nicholas John Sargis
Nicholas John Sargis

A man who said he has been battling a crack cocaine addiction, admitted to stealing and then pawning a Villager’s television set.

Nicholas John Sargis, 60, has been staying with a woman at a house on Ann Avenue in the Village of Silver Lake owned by the woman’s brother, who is a gate attendant in The Villages and lives a few blocks away. The woman called her brother on Friday to report that Sargis, who has been her roommate for about two years, had stolen a 26-inch Toshiba TV valued at $300. Sargis had pawned the TV for $40 at Family Pawn in Leesburg.

Sargis said he “needed to get cleaned up from a crack cocaine addiction” he had gotten back into since moving in with the woman in the Village of Silver Lake, according to an arrest report from the Lady Lake Police Department.

He was arrested on a charge of grand theft and booked at the Lake County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Sargis also had been arrested in 2014. You can read about that arrest HERE