Somebody’s really into scampi.
Police said John Pinard, 37, of Spencer, was seen filling bags with about $308—yes, $308—worth of shrimp at the Park Avenue Price Chopper in Worcester before attempting to stroll out without paying Thursday.
Judging by the price listed in the store’s weekly flyer, that’s a staggering 34 pounds of shrimp.
In the end, all three were tussling on the ground when Pinard threatened to stab them with a hypodermic needle, according to police. He then allegedly ditched the shrimp and sped away in a gold Ford Explorer.
It was then that Pinard’s alleged attempt at crustacean liberation hit another snag—police said the suspect left behind a bottle of medicine with his name on the label.
After some investigation, police discovered Pinard also had two outstanding warrants for larceny from a person. Police confronted Pinard at his home and said he was later identified by store employees.
Pinard was charged with assault with armed robbery, assault with a hypodermic needle, larceny over $250 and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
Well, at least no shell casings were found at the scene.