Two grand in groceries allegedly pushed out of Price Chopper in Lebanon
West Lebanon men fled on foot when challenged
LEBANON, NH - A brazen attempt to push a grocery cart packed with nearly two-thousand dollars worth of merchandise out the front door of the Price Chopper over the noon hour on the Fourth of July resulted in the arrests of two West Lebanon men who managed to briefly flee before being pulled over, Lebanon Police reported.
Philip Canale, 50, of West Lebanon is facing a felony shoplifting charge
Philip Canale, 50, and Anthony Hutchinson, 29, both of whom live on Mack Avenue in West Lebanon, were arrested a short distance from the Price Chopper on Plainfield Road and both have been charged with Class A felony theft.
Anthony Hutchinson, 29, of West Lebanon is facing a felony shoplifting charge
Police said that a loss prevention specialist at the Price Chopper spotted the men pushing a cart loaded with items out of the store without allegedly having paid for anything and, after identifying himself, attempted to halt them there until police could arrive but the instead the pair reportedly abandoned the cart, ran to a nearby car and drove off.
The men were stopped minutes later and arrested while grocery store employees totaled up the recovered items and came up with a value of $1,949.81, Lebanon Police said.
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