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Fla. Soda Thief Faces Felony

April 23, 2012  | 

Mark Abaire. Photo: CCSO
Mark Abaire. Photo: CCSO

A Naples, Fla., man arrested for walking out of a McDonald's with soda in a courtesy water cup now faces a felony theft charge.

Mark Abaire, 52, was stopped by the restaurant manager after leaving the East Naples McDonald's in the 500 block of 14th Street North. Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff's deputies arrived to arrest Abaire shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, according to a sheriff's spokeswoman.

The charge for stealing the soda, which is valued at $1, was for petty theft, but raised to a felony because of Abaire's prior petty theft convictions. In Florida, a third-degree felony can result in a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

By Paul Clinton

Comments (3)

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Trigger @ 4/24/2012 6:07 AM

Wow, no wonder the criminal justice system is overloaded and screwed up!!

Carlson1038 @ 4/24/2012 8:19 AM

It's simple. Don't take stuff that doesn't belong to you.

Frank @ 4/25/2012 4:49 AM

Courtesy water cup?? Huh! Arrested, Now how did he get the soda?

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