$3.25 Ice-Cream Theft Lands Man in Jail for 71 Days

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A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to the 71 days he spent in jail after stealing a $3.25 ice-cream sundae. Court records show that Tobias Franklin also was ordered to pay restitution. Franklin pleaded no contest May 29 to robbery by sudden snatching — a third-degree felony — and resisting merchandise recovery.

On March 20, he ordered the sundae at Goff’s Ice Cream on Orange Blossom Trail near Church Street. When the shop owner told him the price, Franklin grabbed the dish from the man’s hand and left. The owner ran after Franklin for about a block, then went back and got his car and followed Franklin, who was on foot, until police arrived and arrested him.

In December 2011, Franklin was convicted in Orange County of burglary of a conveyance and petty theft of $100 or more. He has no fixed address but had been staying with a relative, records show.

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