Accused shoplifter also faces child-support charge

Robert Lee Murry

A 54-year-old Ocala man arrested Monday for allegedly stealing computer accessories from Publix is also being held on a warrant for failure to pay child support.

Robert Lee Murry was charged with felony retail theft (third or subsequent offense) and contempt of court. A loss prevention employee at the store, located at 2575 SW 42nd St., told an Ocala Police officer the stolen items included two USB drives, two SD cards, and one USB kit with a total value of $67.95, according to the OPD report.

The employee said Murry entered the store and walked towards the electronics department with a shopping card. He said Murry picked up the computer accessories and placed them in the front compartment of the cart before retrieving other miscellaneous items and placing them in the cart, the report said.

The employee said he observed Murry concealing the items in his pants on aisle 3. Murry then walked to customer service and pretended to pay for the items in the cart. He then exited the store, where he was stopped and brought back into the store and detained, according to the report.

Murry admitted to stealing the items. He said it was due to work being canceled and he was going to sell the items to get money to pay rent. A criminal records search showed Murry with previous grand theft convictions in 2000 and 2001, the report said.

While investigating the case, the officer was notified that Murry had a warrant for his arrest for failure to pay child support. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $2,000 bond. He’ll appear in Marion County Court on Nov. 11 and has been trespassed from the store.