Despite cheap prices, man pinches lobsters from Ellsworth supermarket

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 11, 2012, at 12:16 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Local police are on the lookout for a man who, despite the low price of lobster this summer, walked out of a local supermarket without paying for four of the tasty crustaceans.

The man walked into Hannaford Supermarket on High Street a few minutes before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 and went to the live lobster tank in the back of the store, according to Ellsworth police Officer Rick Roberts. When the store manager asked if he needed help, the man asked how much the lobsters cost.

When told the price, the man tried to negotiate a lower price, saying he could buy cheaper lobsters “at the dock,” Roberts said. The manager held firm to the stated retail price, however, and the man asked for four lobsters.

The manager got the lobsters from the tank and packaged them up for the man, who then took them to the front of the store. Instead of waiting in line and paying for the lobsters at a cash register, the man just walked out the front door, Roberts said.

The alleged theft was discovered a short time later when the manager asked other employees about whether the man had paid for the lobsters, Roberts said. Other employees could not remember seeing the man in line at any of the registers, and realized he had just walked out when they checked the security video.

The Ellsworth Police Department is asking the public for help identifying the man. Anyone wiht information is asked to contact local police at 667-2168.

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CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story contained inaccurate information about what day the alleged theft occured. The incident was on Wednesday, Sept. 5, not Monday, Sept. 10.

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