Man accused of stealing soda from McDonalds arrested again at Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut - East Trail

3010 Tamiami Trl E, Naples, FL

A Naples man who made headlines last month when he was arrested and accused of stealing a $1 soda refill from McDonalds was arrested again Monday outside a local Pizza Hut.

Mark Francis Abaire, 52, who authorities said is homeless, faces a misdemeanor trespassing charge.

An arrest report from the Collier County Sheriff's Offices gives this account:

Around 3:30 a.m., a sheriff's deputy was patrolling an area around the Pizza Hut at 3010 U.S. 41 East when he saw a "shadowy figure" emerge from the bushes and begin running toward the restaurant.

Recognizing the man from "many law enforcement encounters," the deputy stopped his patrol car to speak with Abaire, whom he had arrested in February at the same Pizza Hut. On that occasion, Abaire was accused of open container violations and trespassing, and he was told by the manager not to return.

When asked what he was doing at the business, which was not open at 3:30 a.m., Abaire told the deputy, "I dropped my lighter."

When asked why he was standing in front of the front door, he said, "I picked up my lighter."

As of Tuesday, Abaire remained at the Naples Jail Center waiting for bond to be set. His notices of trespassing at the Pizza Hut date back to at least June of 2009, according to arrest records.

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tnflga writes:

Why don't they just take him to another city and drop him off somewhere in town. I doubt he could find his way back. Then he could be someone else's problem. It would save Collier County tax payers a ton of money!

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