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Ocala pair arrested after attempted liquor store heist

Frank John Crescione Jr.

A 19-year-old Ocala man and his 17-year-old accomplice were arrested after they allegedly tried to steal a bottle of liquor and smashed a 12-pack of bottled beer at the C&D Coliseum liquor store.

Frank John Crescione Jr., of 11 Teak Run, and a juvenile whose name was redacted because of his age, were both charged with second-degree petit theft, first offense.

The owner of the store, located at 2490 SE 58th Ave., told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Crescione and the juvenile came in shortly after midnight Sunday and tried to steal liquor. He said they had their faces covered and Crescione put a bottle of liquor in his pants, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The store owner said when he asked Crescione about the item in his pants, he responded, “It’s just my gun.” The owner said he ran out of the store and locked the door. He said Crescione and the juvenile then picked up a 12-pack of beer and threw it, breaking all the bottles, the report said.

Crescione and the juvenile were taken to the Marion County Jail, where Crescione was released later Sunday on $500 bond. No booking information was available about the juvenile.

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