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Woman accused of stealing lobster tails from DeLand grocery
By Joe Crews
posted Jun 13, 2014 - 2:57:52pm
An Orange City woman was charged with petit theft Wednesday for reportedly taking seven lobster tails from a Publix Super Market on South Woodland Boulevard, DeLand police said.
A Publix loss-prevention officer reported seeing Nichole Reed walk around the store, then stuff the lobster tails down the front of her pants, according to a charging affidavit. Reed, 30, then “walked past all points of sale with no intent to pay” and left the store on foot, according to the report.
Armed with her description, officers soon located Reed a short distance away. She was identified by the store official as the woman who took the lobster tails, priced at $11.99 each for a total of $83.99, the report states.
When questioned, Reed admitted taking the seafood and was “going to trade the lobster tails to a friend and possibly buy ‘Chinese buffet or Dilaudid,’” according to the affidavit.
Reed has been arrested on misdemeanor charges in Volusia County six other times since March 2006. She was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail on the latest misdemeanor charge. Jail records show she bonded out the next day.
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