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Watch: Mulberry man goes to extreme lengths to try to steal Pepsi

Video shows Gabriel Tillman push, punch, hip check and ultimately use a fire extinguisher to try to smash his way through a locked door.

What is it Steve Carell says in that Super Bowl commercial?

“Is Pepsi OK?”

To one Mulberry man, it was downright essential.

Gabriel Tillman, 49, was arrested Thursday after he went to extreme lengths to steal a 16-ounce Pepsi from a convenience store, according to a Facebook post from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The cashier at the Citgo store at 4075 Hwy 60 in Mulberry saw Tillman pull a bottle of the soft drink out of a case and attempt to walk out of the store without paying for it, so he pushed the lock button on the door.

But Tillman wasn’t giving up that easily, as surveillance video shows.

Pepsi Theft at Citgo

49-year-old Gabriel from Mulberry wanted a Pepsi. When you see the video, you will see just how badly he wanted that Pepsi. Gabriel walked into the Citgo convenience store at 4075 Hwy 60 in Mulberry on Thursday, December 12th and picked up a refreshing bottle of Pepsi Cola…then tried to walk right back out without paying for said Pepsi. The store cashier saw what Gabriel was doing and quickly pushed the lock button on the door, effectively preventing Gabriel from absconding with his not-paid-for beverage. Gabriel huffed, and he puffed, but he could not blow the door down. So Gabriel picked up a fire extinguisher and slammed it against the glass door. Oddly, the glass did not break, but the fire extinguisher did. Not wanting anything else to be damaged, the cashier unlocked the door and Gabriel walked away, making sure to take his stolen Pepsi with him. A deputy spotted Gabriel about two blocks away from the store, enjoying his stolen effervescent Pepsi. The deputy asked Gabriel if he knew what was going on, to which Gabriel replied, “Possibly.” Gabriel was arrested and taken to the Polk Pokey. The report did not say if he was allowed to finish his Pepsi. The video you are about to see is real...the audio, not so much. #PCSO #GabrielsMessage #Possibly #OneOutOfOneThiefsArrestedChosePepsiOverCoke #GabrielMustHaveThoughtItWasAPepsiFree #HeStoleAWarmPepsiWhichMadeItAHotPepsi #CitgoHasReallyGoodWindows #CommenterSayingWeShouldBeGoingAfterBiggerCrimesIn3 …#2 …#1

Posted by Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday, December 13, 2019

He first pushes on the handle bar, then tries a few more times, putting his full body weight on it.

He hip-checks the door.

When that doesn’t work, he takes a few steps back, points at the door like a matador taunting a bull, then rushes into it at full speed.

It doesn’t budge.

He punches the door, repeatedly pulls on the handle, turns around and pushes it with his posterior, his feet sliding on the slippery floor and turning up the corner of a slip mat.

Still no luck.

Undaunted, Tillman sets down the Pepsi, grabs a fire extinguisher and slams it against the glass door several times.

Finally, the cashier relents, unlocking the door. Tillman sets down the fire extinguisher, picks up his Pepsi and walks out.

Only, he didn’t have long to enjoy it.

A deputy spotted Tillman two blocks from the store and took him into custody.

Asked by the deputy if he knew what was going on, according to the Sheriff’s Office, Tillman responded, “Possibly.”

He faces charges of grand theft for the fire extinguisher, as well as petit theft and criminal mischief ($200 or less).