Woman is caught on camera trying to smuggle 7 lobster tails out of Publix in her pants

Nichole Reed planned to swap the seafood for some Chinese cuisine.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   June 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

DELAND, Fla., June 13 (UPI) -- Another day, another report of shoplifted shellfish from a Florida Publix.

Although her case isn't as high profile as Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston's, an Orange City woman has been accused of trying to shoplift seven lobster tails from a Publix by stuffing them down her pants.

The tails are priced at $11.99 apiece, so Nichole Reed was allegedly trying to swipe almost $84 worth of seafood.

According to police, the 30-year-old planned to swap the shellfish with a friend for some Chinese food.

"Reed stated she entered the store with the intent to steal food,'' according to a police report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel. "Reed told me she was going to trade the lobster tails to a friend and possibly buy Chinese buffet."

Reed also said that she might have attempted to trade the tails for Dilaudid, a painkiller.

The Chinese food was put on hold as Reed was charged with theft from a merchant and taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail.

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