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Man says he stole candy bars to go to jail

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Stefan W. Thomas, 53, was arrested overnight after allegedly stealing several candy bars from the Circle K at 4030 SW 13th Street.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call about a man shoplifting at the store. The store clerk reportedly told the deputy that the man had said, “You might as well call the police because I am going to steal these candy bars so that I can go to jail.” The man was later identified as Thomas.

The deputy went outside, where Thomas was speaking with another deputy. The deputy wrote that he saw KitKat and Hershey wrappers on the ground near Thomas, and Thomas reportedly spontaneously said those were the candy bars he had taken from the store. He also reportedly admitted taking an unopened KitKat bar that was found on his person.

Thomas has been charged with misdemeanor theft. At his first appearance before Judge Thomas Jaworski, he begged for help, saying he was addicted to methamphetamine and went to Meridian, but they said they couldn’t help him. He will be released on his own recognizance and will be eligible for either Drug Court or Veterans Treatment Court.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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  • Lord help us all. This person is begging for HELP! Help him. There should be programs in place for individuals like this. Jail isn’t the answer.

    • Totally agree. People don’t realize what drugs like meth and fentanyl do to people.
      It destroys your inner fabric.
      These people need genuine help from professional clinicians.
      We’re going to see more of this in the future due to Biden’s open borders.

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