Lake County

Florida man arrested, accused of stealing 3 Publix subs

LADY LAKE, Fla. — An Ocala man is accused of walking out of a Publix in Lady Lake without paying for three subs.

A witness told Lake County deputies the man, identified as Matthew Wise, 21, was wearing a brown cap and red Crocs when he picked up the three whole Boar’s Head Italian subs from the cold case of the Publix located on Bichara Boulevard. The witness said they watched Wise then walk straight through the self-checkout area without paying.


Deputies said they traced the truck’s license plate to a home in Lady Lake where they located Wise.

Deputies said Wise told them conflicting stories about how he’d paid for the subs online, which were worth about $29, but couldn’t provide any evidence that they’d been paid for.

Wise is facing a charge of petit theft.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.