Around noon a couple of weeks ago in Orange City, the manager of a chain drugstore saw a man in the store pushing a shopping cart toward the front exit.

She noticed that in his cart was a shopping bag from another chain drugstore, containing several items.

He was heading toward the exit without stopping to pay for the products in his cart.

The manager asked the man if he’d paid, and he “mumbled something unintelligible and pushed the cart and items out the exit.”

She phoned the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, and soon a deputy arrived.

The deputy and the manager looked at some video from one of the store’s security cameras and noticed that the man in question and a woman had entered the drugstore together several minutes before noon.

Yet further viewing of the video showed that the woman had entered the store alone a few minutes before that.

She had taken hold of a shopping cart and headed to the cosmetics area, where she removed five bottles of Old Spice Body Wash (each of which has a value of $15) from a shelf and put them in her cart. But when she left the store, the woman didn’t have the cart.

Shortly after the man and woman entered the drugstore just before noon, the woman exited again by herself.

Then the man left, pushing the cart with the five bottles of body wash and one bottle of what appeared to be Cupcake brand wine.

Of course, what everyone wants to know is, was it body wash for men, for women, or for both sexes?

And did the man and woman rush home for a refreshing, cleansing shower, followed by an afternoon of free wine and clean, cost-free romance?

After all, who can resist a clean thief?

— By Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888- 277-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.


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