Man Stole Lobsters, Crab Legs to Impress Date: Cops

The man placed bar codes from cheap items on lobster and crab legs and used a self-checkout register, police said.

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    Police said a Middletown man is accused of stealing lobster and crab legs from a local supermarket to impress a date.

    A 38-year-old Middletown, Conn., man wanted to impress his date so badly that he stole lobsters and crab legs from a local supermarket, according to police.

    Abdul Gonzalez ordered a bag of lobsters and a bag of snow crab legs at Stop & Shop on East Main Street in Middletown on Thursday afternoon, according to police.

    After picking up some additional items, he went to a self-scan register.

    When he rang up the bags of seafood, they appeared as “yesterday’s sweets” for a grand total of $1.25, when they should have come up to $22.88, according to police.

    Gonzalez paid $5.08 for his whole order and left the store, police said. 

    Gonzalez is accused of stealing $44.87 and later admitted to police that he stole the seafood because he had a date on Thursday night and wanted to impress the woman, according to the arraignment report.

    The idea apparently came from one of Gonzalez’s friends who told him to buy something inexpensive, use that bar code on a more expensive item and then use the self-checkout register, according to police.

    Gonzalez was issued a misdemeanor summons for sixth-degree larceny, signed a summons and is due in court on June 19.
     

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