39-Year-Old Florida Woman Arrested After She Allegedly Stole Multiple Steaks From Publix

A 39-year-old Florida woman was arrested after she allegedly stole multiple steaks from a local Publix.

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Publix located at 2765 NW 49th Avenue in Ocala in reference to a retail theft incident. A male employee told the deputy that a woman, later identified as Mary Edith Holder, had placed packages of meat inside of her purse and she exited the store without paying for them.

The employee advised that he confronted Holder in the parking lot and she allegedly told him that she would return the items once she was inside her vehicle. Holder then walked to her vehicle, climbed inside, and handed four packages of meat to the employee.

When Holder began driving away, the employee used his cellphone to take a picture of her license plate. The store also had video surveillance footage from the time of the incident.

According to the MCSO report, the video showed Holder as she walked throughout the store. At 7:04 p.m., she grabbed four packages of meat and walked away from the camera towards a man. Once she was next to the man, they began walking down the beer aisle, and the meat packages were no longer visible.

They both walked to a cash register and the man paid for several grocery items. Holder walked out of the front doors of the store without paying for the meat, and the employee followed her into the parking lot.

According to Publix, the total value of the meat, which consisted of two New York strip steaks and two ribeye steaks, was $127.73.

A computer search of the license plate number that was photographed by the employee revealed Holder’s address. When the deputy arrived at Holder’s residence, the man who was seen with her on the surveillance footage answered the front door. Inside the residence, the deputy found Holder inside a bathroom where she was hiding behind a shower curtain.

Holder admitted that she was inside the grocery store, but she denied taking the packages of meat.

Holder was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she is currently being held on $2,500 bond. She is facing a felony charge for second degree petit theft (third or subsequent offense).

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