Man Allegedly Applies For Job, Then Steals From Cash Register [VIDEO]

There are probably smarter ways to get a job. On Tuesday morning Anthony Thomas filled out a job application at a Citgo gas station in Ocala, Florida. Then, when no one was looking, the 33-year-old allegedly reached into the station's cash register and stole $130 -- and walked out. But the theft reportedly was captured on the station's surveillance camera, and Thomas had filled out his real name on the application and was a regular customer, so police tracked the suspect down pretty quickly, according to the Ocala Star Banner, a Florida newspaper.

Thomas was charged with burglary, petty theft and resisting arrest with violence after he tried to flee the scene, the Ocala Star Banner reported.

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Although Ocala police say they found "most of the cash" missing from the drawer in Thomas' possession, Thomas proclaimed his innocence. "I didn't rob no store," he told the Ocala Star Banner. "I did not go into no cash register to get no money."

Thomas wasn't, however, dressed in the same way as the man in the camera -- he was bare-chested and shoeless.

More: What's Considered Stealing at Work?

Reports of job applicants stealing from employers is fairly rare. But theft in the office is an increasingly common occurrence. In the last five years, employee thefts cost retailers alone about $15 billion a year, according to the National Retail Federation. And so in an attempt to coordinate prevention, retailers including Family Dollar, Target, and CVS maintain a shared database of employees' names who have been suspected of stealing from their employers.

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Sped Man

Self service gotta love it. Maybe next time they will put the money in a locked cash register.

July 12 2013 at 1:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Randy Fox

They always lie! Where is Al(the Grand Dragon)Sharpton of the NAACP?

July 11 2013 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like he won't get the job...

July 11 2013 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


July 11 2013 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Where is George Zimmerman when you need him.

July 11 2013 at 6:58 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Harry Hurt

For once, I'm sorry he didn't get away with it. Citgo is a communist outfit, and I would rather see the money go to a thief anyday, rather than a scum-of-the-earth communist govarmint like Chavez-infected Venesuela.

July 11 2013 at 6:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Harry Hurt's comment

Venezuela. It was my socialist government that paid for my schooling. How is the 3 Rs working for you?

July 11 2013 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know of no crime committed against the United States by Venezuela. On the other hand the USA have tried to subvert their political processes numerous times. What business is it of this country what kind of Govt any other nation chooses as long as they do not attack our country? Their gas is as good as that of any other company selling gas in the US. Their products much conform to the same standards as the rest.

October 06 2013 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why dis bees unda aol jobs? wheez alreddy no how . donn need no vidio ta teesh us how rob

July 11 2013 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just shoot him and rid this world of that vermin.

July 11 2013 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to raptureready1958's comment

I guess 80% of wall street (and big banks) would be dead if we killed people for simply stealing money, we also have their names and addresses but aint no one chasing them down like this fella

July 11 2013 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is going to be in very poor taste but I am posting it anyways.........Did he get a bag of skittles on his way out?

July 11 2013 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to kimcrdr's comment

Kim, where do you live? I'm gonna come over and slap you face LOL

July 11 2013 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funny thing is, the lady looked overworked. Instead of volunteering to help her out, which probably would have led to a job and a steady paycheck, he steals.

July 11 2013 at 5:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to generalrucker's comment

Yeah, and I bet he thought he was invisible when it came to the cameras catching him......LOL

July 11 2013 at 8:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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