Man Caught With a Meal in His Pants Pockets, Police Say

The 70-year-old man left a Largo Publix on Friday with a sandwich, dessert and beverage stuffed in his pants pockets, which he allegedly did not buy, according to an arrest affidavit.

A St. Petersburg man was arrested Friday afternoon after he was caught leaving a Largo grocery store with a meal in his pockets that he didn't pay for, police said.

Leo Bernard Fink, 70, "concealed" a Cuban sandwich, strawberry parfait and a 12-ounce beer in his pants pockets and walked out of the Publix at 5000 East Bay Drive, allegedly without paying for the items, according to an arrest affidavit.

The grocer's loss prevention department stopped Fink and called the Largo Police Department. The suspect invoked his Miranda rights. The incident was apparently captured on video, according to the affidavit. 

Fink, 70, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on a charge of petty theft with two priors, according to an arrest affidavit.

The total value of the food was $6.77. Fink had two prior convictions for theft in 2010 and 2011, according to the report.

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Mike October 07, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Going to see more of this with the current attack on seniors and low income people
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Sandi December 17, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I would have really felt sorry for this guy if he would have stolen a soda or a small juice or milk instead of the beer. Still, I hope someone gives him a list of soup kitchens in the area. Where are his children? Family doesn't feel responsible for family anymore. I would die of embarassment if this was my dad or grandfather because he didn't feel he could come to me. This is truly a family problem that, unfortunately becomes a 'society' problem. Just go to a nursing home and see how many visitors there are. We are a sad society.


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