Man allegedly shoplifted $820 in groceries

Aug. 24, 2011 at 2:11 PM

HOBE SOUND, Fla., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they arrested a man accused of shoplifting $820.20 worth of groceries, including meat, beer, champagne and 12 rolls of toilet paper.

The Martin County sheriff's department said a woman called 911 and reported a man had loaded a shopping cart's worth of goods into the trunk of his Nissan Maxima at the Winn-Dixie store on Southeast Bridge Road in Hobe Sound and the woman followed the vehicle to Southeast Anthion Way where authorities caught up with the suspect, TCPalm.com reported Wednesday.

Deputies said Michael Wibby, 40, told them the trunk of the vehicle was loaded with groceries from Winn-Dixie, but he was unable to show them a receipt. A woman riding in the vehicle told investigators the Maxima was registered in her name and she had waited outside while Wibby shopped.

Investigators found items in the trunk including "full of packets of meat, bottles of champagne, cases of beer" and 12 rolls of Charmin toilet paper, the sheriff's report said.

Deputies said Wibby admitted to taking the items without paying and was booked into the Martin County jail on a charge of felony retail theft.

The female passenger was not arrested and the items were returned to the grocery store.

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