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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Ocala man arrested, charged with organized fraud after allegedly stealing cases of beer from a local Wawa

A 53-year-old Ocala Man was arrested after allegedly stealing numerous cases of beer from a local Wawa over the course of a month.

According to an Ocala Police Department report, a male suspect, later identified as Tony Albert Robbins, allegedly stole multiple cases of beer from the Wawa located at 3601 E Silver Springs Boulevard in Ocala at least a half dozen times between August 2 and September 26.

Wawa at 3501 East Silver Springs Boulevard

In one incident on August 17, Robbins allegedly entered the rear doors of the gas station, selected a 24-pack of Busch Light from the beer freezer, and exited the rear doors without paying. An employee who claims to have seen Robbins during this incident also claims to have seen him during at least two prior incidents on August 2 and August 12.

The video from August 17 was reviewed and a tag number was generated from the suspect’s vehicle. According to the OPD report, the vehicle was found to be registered to Robbins, who lives nearby.

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Tony Albert Robbins

Nearly a month later, on September 16, a photo lineup was presented to the Wawa store employee who witnessed the three prior thefts. The employee positively identified Robbins as the offender.

On September 24, Robbins was spotted in the store attempting to steal another case of beer, according to staff. Upon review of video surveillance, it was discovered that during six different visits, Robbins allegedly stole multiple 24-packs of Busch Light and 18-packs of Coors Light. 

On September 26, an OPD officer contacted the Assistant Store Manager and was provided a video of the six incidents where Robbins entered and either committed the theft of alcohol from the store, or attempted to steal the alcohol.

There were five additional thefts of Coors Light and Busch Light beer that were also discovered during the investigation.

Robbins was arrested on September 29 and transported to Marion County Jail where he faces a misdemeanor charge for organized fraud. His bond is set at $2,000 and his next court date is on Monday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m., according to jail records.