RACINE, Wis. – A suspected grocery thief still has a taste for finer cuisine, even in the struggling economy.
Police in Racine, Wis., say 43-year-old Brian A. Rubenstein tried to steal $625 in groceries. The total included $365 in lobster and $213 in ribeye and beef roasts.
Workers told police they saw Rubenstein fill his cart with lobster tails and beef cuts, as well as a smoked ham, apple pie and fruit platter. He was arrested Dec. 23.
Rubenstein was charged Friday with misdemeanor retail theft, which carries a maximum penalty of nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Rubenstein didn't immediately return a message left Wednesday evening.
Police say he told investigators times are tough.