SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield police say a convenience store shoplifter didn't just steal items from the store; he also stole a pack of gum from a police officer.
According to Delaney, when two officers stopped into the Pride store for a coffee, the clerk told one of the officers that a man (later identified as Irizarry) was stuffing food into his pockets. The officer turned around to try to get the attention of his partner, but during that time, Irizarry quickly went up to the counter and took a pack of Orbitz gum that the officer had just bought.
Both officers then saw Irizarry walk out of the store, and when they went after him, Delaney says the suspect tried to get rid of a banana, an apple, eight packets of Cabot cheese, and a bag of sunflower seeds.
Delaney says that when arresting Irizarry, police found drugs, as well as the missing pack of gum.
Irizarry is charged with shoplifting and possession of a class "E" substance. He will be arraigned Tuesday in Springfield District Court.
As the stolen gum was entered into evidence, the officer had to purchase a new pack of gum, Delaney said.