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article imageFlorida teen jailed for stealing pastry worth $1.29

By Arthur Weinreb     Jan 4, 2013 in Crime
Palm Bay - The 18-year-old spent several days in jail after it was alleged he stole a Honey Bun from a Palm Bay, Florida convenience store.
The teen was arrested on Dec. 28. As reported by WTSP, the youth was allegedly observed by the manager of a 7-Eleven store stuffing an iced Honey Bun down his pants. When the manager confronted him, the 18-year-old made good his escape on a black bicycle.
Later that day, police spotted a young man fitting the description of the thief walking down a Palm Bay street. With the help of a police K-9, the suspect was taken into custody and detained in the Brevard County Jail. According to police, the person they arrested was wearing the same colour sweatpants as the description given by the 7-Eleven manager. The store employee later identified the teen as the culprit who made off with pastry in his pants.
The getaway bike was recovered between two houses near the area where the arrest was made.
WKMG identifies the confectionery crook as Brandon C. Phillips, 18. Phillips faces charges of retail petit theft, resisting arrest without violence and resisting in the recovery of merchandise. All charges are misdemeanors.
Under Florida law, shoplifting is formally called retail theft. Petit retail theft, theft of merchandise of a value under $100, is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. When the value of the merchandise is greater than $100 but does not exceed $300 the offence becomes a first-degree misdemeanor. First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 and up to a year in jail. A second-degree misdemeanor can be prosecuted as a first-degree offence if the defendant has previously been convicted of retail theft.
Sadly, the Honey Bun was not recovered.
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