Wellington man steals phone, demands $1.75 to return it

A man in Wellington landed himself in jail on Tuesday after stealing a cell phone at a gas station and then asking $1.75 as a “reward” to give it back.

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Eric Ware

Eric Ware

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Eric Ware, 45, went to a Chevron gas station located on Forest Hill Boulevard and stole an employee’s phone. Before leaving, Ware demanded that the employee or store clerk give him $1.75 before he returned the phone.

Both refused his offer, and Ware gave back the phone. He then started to harass the employee and store clerk, acting “belligerent” in the store, the police report states.

Deputies arrived escorted Ware out of the store, who struggled to get away by grabbing a deputy’s arm.

Ware was arrested on charges of trespassing and resisting an officer with violence. He is being held on a $3,000 bond.

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