Ocala woman with prior robbery convictions arrested after allegedly stealing steaks from Publix

A 39-year-old Ocala woman with multiple prior robbery convictions was arrested after allegedly stealing several steaks from a local Publix.

On Wednesday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Publix located at 2765 NW 49th Avenue in Ocala in reference to a retail theft incident. An employee told the deputy that a woman, later identified as Mary Edith Holder, placed packages of meat in her purse and walked out of the store without paying for them.

Holder of Mary Edith

The employee said he confronted Holder in the parking lot and she told him she would return the items once she was inside her vehicle. Holder then walked to her vehicle, got inside and handed four packages of meat to the employee.

When Holder started to walk away, the employee used his cell phone to take a picture of his license plate. The store also had CCTV footage from the time of the incident.

According to the MCSO report, the video showed Holder as she walked around the store. At 7:04 p.m., she grabbed four packages of meat and walked away from the camera towards a man. Once she was next to the man, they started walking down the beer aisle and the meat packets were no longer visible.

They both walked to a cash register and the man paid for several groceries. Holder walked through the store doors without paying for the meat, and the clerk followed her into the parking lot.

According to Publix, the total value of the meat, which consisted of two New York steaks and two rib eye steaks, was $127.73.

A computer search of the license plate number photographed by the employee revealed Holder’s address. When the deputy arrived at Holder’s residence, the man who was seen with her in surveillance footage answered the front door. Inside the residence, the deputy found Holder in a bathroom where she was hiding behind a shower curtain.

Holder admitted she was inside the grocery store, but denied taking the meat packets.

The MCSO report said a computer search of Holder’s criminal history revealed a petty theft conviction in Lake County on September 19, 2017, as well as a grand theft (under $5,000) conviction in the Polk County on September 20, 2019.

Holder was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where she is currently being held on $2,500 bond. She faces a felony charge of second degree petty theft (third or subsequent offence).

A court date has been set for Tuesday, May 3 at 9 a.m., according to prison records.

Dino S. Williams