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Incident Report for Case #2016-76957

Incident Type


Incident Date

03/09/2016 - 10:05 AM


703 University Ave. (Fresh Market)


Male, age 20, no permanent address
Suspect was taken to jail on a warrant and arrested for misdemeanor retail theft.


The MPD did not have to cast a wide net Wednesday morning while responding to Fresh Market, 703 University Ave. Store employees had already smelled something fishy and had the struggling suspect pinned to the foyer floor as officers arrived. The man had been spotted on a surveillance camera stuffing bags of candy in his shirt and plastic boxes of food down his pants. When he was caught, and taken to the floor, containers popped open as evidence spilled out inside his trousers. Once outside, the man asked the arresting officer for help, "Can you take the sushi out of my pants?" The officer writes in his report: "Only then did I realize he had a plastic carryout tray of sushi and condiments stashed in his waistband," and that was not all. "A second tray was then recovered from inside his briefs." The officer noted "raw fish spilled all over the sidewalk as I extracted the stolen seafood." Store managers said they had observed the man "helping himself to two generous servings of sushi from the sushi counter," snapping plastic lids in place, and concealing both trays in his pants. As he left, an employee heard a" crinkle, crinkle, crinkle;" the unmistakable sound of rubbing plastic. The man told the arresting officer he is homeless and had not eaten in several days, so he took the fish and candy "so I'd have something to munch on afterward." Because of an outstanding warrant he was taken to jail where he would be hooked up with some food, although probably not sushi.  

Released 03/10/2016 at 2:32 PM by PIO Joel Despain

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