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Port Chester Man Charged in $162 Theft

Resident arrested after incident at supermarket.

A 54-year-old Port Chester man is charged with shoplifting in connection with the theft of $162 worth of items from a supermarket, according to Port Chester Police.

Larry Johnson of 345 William St. was cited for petty larceny after an investigation of a 8:22 p.m. incident on Jan. 8 at Pathmark on Midland Avenue. Police said Johnson is accused of hiding six cans of baby formula and four packages of pain reliever in his coat.

Police said store security personnel reported they saw Johnson hiding the items via the store's video camera system.

Johnson faces a hearing in Port Chester Village Court.

Anne Latella January 14, 2013 at 03:15 PM
How sad. This seems to be happening more & more with the poor economic days today. I wonder if the baby has formula to drink. Once when I lived in Port Chester I had all of my week groceries stolen from my car when I ran into another store to pick up something. I called the police and when he arrived, he said to me,"Maybe someone needed those groceries more then you." Although, I was by no means wealthy. I thought that may be true and this policeman was very compassionate & helped to improve my thinking. It wasn't jewelry it was only food that someone must have truly needed. I have re thought my position on this case and if I were the judge or the court, I would dismiss any charges if this man truly did not have money to buy his baby formula and could not go to a Doctor for pain medication. If true it is truly sad in America today people cannot afford baby food or to go to a Doctor.
unhappy consumer January 14, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Great post Anne. You beat me to it. If it was just the baby food and pain medication, I would go as far as have the policeman barter with the store as it being " a misunderstanding" and let the guy walk. Not to long ago at the supermarket I had a young woman not being able to afford what she had at the cashier. Instead of directly offering to help, I dropped down and picked up $40 dollars that I told her I thought she had dropped. She knew otherwise, but felt proud.
Anne Latella January 14, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Unhappy Consumer- We need more people like you with compassion in this world. There are so many people in need of assistance today.
Concerned Homeowner January 14, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Guys please open your eyes to reality. Baby formula is one of the most popular stolen items. Why you may ask? Because corner stores and bodegas buy these stolen item from thieves for cheap and resell it. Then the thieves can pay for their fix. Don't be fooled. I bet if you do a background check on this guy you'll find he is no saint. Also read about emfamil and how stores are starting to keep them locked away like they do for razor blades. Knowledge is power. Stop feeling bad for the bloodsuckers of society.
Concerned Homeowner January 14, 2013 at 08:15 PM
http://portchester.patch.com/articles/police-suspected-shoplifter-gets-away-one-day-caught-the-next
Concerned Homeowner January 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM
http://portchester.dailyvoice.com/news/port-chester-police-charge-two-petit-larceny More compassion more compassion. How about more time in jail?
William Demarest (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 08:55 PM
Police say that baby formula is a popular item for shoplifters because it is easily resold on the street for cash. Most incidents of baby formula theft, police say, do not involved families who need the formula to feed a baby.
eatingdogfood January 14, 2013 at 09:48 PM
There's a sucker born every minute.
Frank B. January 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM
These item are stolen for street resale. If these people actually need them for their actual purpose, they should have thought of that before having babies. Why are people having babies they can't afford? I'm tired of my taxes paying for your kids needs the schooling.
Rafael Amaya January 15, 2013 at 12:47 AM
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2011-03-29-formulathefts29_ST_N.htm
unhappy consumer January 15, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Thanks for all the comments and all your points are well taken. And not to contradict my earlier statement, I do not believe in handouts per se. My point was 1) an officer (or judge, like Anne mentioned) should mitigate these cases before ruining someone's life who maybe in despair,and yes I know that they could extra jobs, etc to pay for these things (but who really knows) And second, if you can, lend a hand.
Gannicus January 15, 2013 at 08:41 AM
Lend a hand! Just got my paycheck and the Gov't has helped themselves to more of my hard earned money for these so called individuals who are less fortunate. They should get their lazy able butt's off the couch, corners, and streets...get up everyday and go to WORK!! Stop being a burden to society and pay your dues. The economy can no longer sustain you.

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