Naples man charged with felony, accused of not paying for soda at McDonald's
NAPLES _ A Naples man faces a felony charge after he was accused of walking out of the McDonald's in East Naples without paying for a cup of soda.
After filling a courtesy cup with soda Thursday at the McDonald's soda fountain and then leaving the restaurant, Mark Abaire, 52, of the 500 block of 14th Street North, was arrested by Collier deputies and now faces a felony theft charge, a sheriff's report shows.
A manager told sheriff's deputies that Abaire entered the store and asked for a glass of water around 10 p.m. Although the employee told him the cup was for water, Abaire filled it with soda at a fountain machine and sat outside the restaurant, according to an arrest report.
During a conversation with the manager, Abaire declined to pay for the soda, valued at $1, refused to leave the premises, and cursed at the manager, the report stated.
While his charge is petty theft, because of previous petty theft convictions, the charge for drinking the unpaid-for soda was increased from a misdemeanor to a felony, the arrest report shows. In Florida, a third-degree felony can result in a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Abaire faces additional misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly intoxication. On Saturday, he remained in the Collier County jail with bond set at $6,500.
■ Christina Anusky, 29, of Pennsylvania, was arrested Thursday by Naples police at 3900 Gordon Drive following a traffic stop. She is accused of felony possession of a controlled substance (amphetamines) and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The car's driver, Paul Hunt, 29, also of Pennsylvania, faces two misdemeanor drug counts and one charge of driving with an expired license.
■ Gina Napier, 35, of the 1100 block of Hamilton Lane, Chokoloskee, was arrested Friday by Collier deputies following a traffic stop at the intersection of Horseshoe Drive and Airport-Pulling Road. She is accused of possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone).
■ Carlos Martinez, 34, of Tampa, was arrested Friday by Collier deputies at the intersection of U.S. 41 East and Bayshore Drive.
■ Paul Cullen, 45, of the 8300 block of Danbury Park, Golden Gate Estates, was arrested Friday by Collier deputies at 6101 Pine Ridge Road.