North Marion County store clerk foils theft by putting theft suspect on hold

A Citra man went to his local Circle K on Sunday to buy beer. But she was told her debit / credit card had been rejected.

At this point, the Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies were later informed that the man came out, took a screwdriver, came back and, brandishing the tool like a weapon, attempted to steal money in the cash register.

Instead, the 49-year-old was restrained with a sleep catch by an employee and others detained him until deputies arrived and made an arrest.

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The attempted theft took place at Circle K at 17980 NUS 441, Reddick.

The suspect, whose name is withheld, told the clerk: “Please don’t hurt you,” according to the report.

“I don’t know what I was thinking,” the suspect later told the deputy, according to the report.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the man was still being held in lieu of $ 7,000 bail at the Marion County Jail.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, [email protected] or @almillerosb

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