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Publix puts press on Cuban sandwich thief

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

This Publix Cuban sandwich looks delicious, but is it worth going to jail? Apparently one man thought so when he attempted to leave Publix, 3900 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, without paying, setting off a physical confrontation between the suspect and store employees. Islander Photo: Mark Young


A Cuban sandwich, finished hot in a sandwich press at restaurants, convenience stores and Publix Super Markets is a popular item.

But a pressed sandwich thief? Such was the case for a Cuban sandwich thief who was detained — pressed and sat on — by employees until police arrived to make an arrest.

Perhaps 21-year-old Emmanuel Jaramillo thought paying $6.92 for a Cuban sandwich at Publix, 3900 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, was too expensive, but when he allegedly tried to steal the sandwich May 26, a sequence of events was launched that will make that sandwich much more costly to him.

According to a Holmes Beach police report, Jaramillo ordered the sandwich at the Publix deli and then bypassed the cash registers en route to the store’s exit.

He was stopped just outside the store by the Publix manager and returned inside. Police then say Jaramillo began to physically resist the manager, at which time a scuffle erupted.

Hallmark makes a greeting card for just about any occasion, but it the store’s greeting card display was toppled when the physical altercation spilled over into the card display, causing an estimated $300 in damages.

An additional $38 worth of greeting cards were damaged.

The scuffle drew the attention of store employees, who quickly acted to aid their manager. According to the report, employees were able to knock Jaramillo to the ground, and sat on the suspect until police arrived.

The store manager was reported to have sustained a cut finger during the scuffle.

Jaramillo was arrested on multiple misdemeanor charges including criminal mischief, resisting detention and retail theft.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail on a total of $1,200 bond. According to jail records, Jaramillo posted bond May 27.

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