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Sheriff: Ocala man stole cash after submitting job application


Published:   |   Updated: July 10, 2013 at 12:50 PM

OCALA - It's probably not the best way to get a job.

Ocala police officers say that shortly after filling out a job application at an Ocala Citgo gas station on Tuesday, an Ocala man took $130 in cash from a drawer while an employee wasn't looking. He left with the money.

Officers responded to the gas station and got a description of the suspect. Store officials told them Anthony D. Thomas, 33, was a frequent visitor to the store, where he typically bought cigarettes.

According to the Ocala Star Banner (http://bit.ly/18854ZW ) the officers tracked down him the suspect. Thomas fought the officer and squirmed away. The officer was able to grab him again, and two other officers helped take him into custody.

Thomas is charged with burglary, petit theft and resisting an officer with violence. He remained in the Marion County Jail on Wednesday morning.

Police say Thomas still had the stolen cash when his was arrested.

Thomas told the newspaper he didn't rob the store. "I did not go into no cash register to get no money," Thomas said.

The newspaper reports the gas station had been robbed five times between last October and June 14.

Jail records show Thomas has been arrested at least 13 other times on charges including drug possession, probation violations, domestic violence and battery.

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