NEW BRITAIN - A local man with links to a city seafood restaurant was recently arrested for trying to take lobsters from a grocery store without shelling out any money, police said.
Demetrius Mack, 46, of 350 Cherry St., was arrested Sunday, Sept. 8, outside the Stop & Shop on Fenn Road in Newington around 11:30 a.m. after trying to haul away five bags of lobsters, according to Police Sgt. Chris Perry.
Mack had gone through a self-checkout lane and had paid for some snow crab and a bag of lobster tails, but did not pay for the lobsters, Perry said. The bag of lobsters was valued at $327.29, Perry added.
According to a Stop & Shop employee, live lobsters are put in a bag before they are given to the customer. The customer then pays at the checkout counter.
The loss prevention staff at the store saw Mack attempting to slip out with the lobsters and contacted police, Perry said. Officers were then able to rush down to the store and catch him in the parking lot, Perry said.
Mack was charged with sixth-degree larceny and he was released on $1,000 bond. He is still on the hook for the alleged shoplifting incident and is due in New Britain Superior Court on Sept. 23, Perry said.
When The Herald called a phone number for a man known as “Mack,” who is believed to be an owner of More Than Just Lobster, a restaurant at 1003 East Main St., a man said he wasn’t Demetrius Mack and that man had no affiliation with the restaurant. He declined to give his name.
A Facebook page for a “Dee Mack” states that he is the owner of More Than Just Lobster and has several pictures featuring the business on his page. A local man familiar with the businesses said the Facebook user of “Dee Mack” was the man arrested.
Courtney Pavlick, who is listed as a managing member of the business on the secretary of the state’s website, said she is the owner of the business when The Herald called the restaurant’s number. A Shawn Mack worked at the restaurant, but no one with the name Demetrius does, Pavlick told The Herald.
More Than Just Lobster opened on Aug. 31. Its menu features lobster, crab, mussels and other seafood entrees.
According to the employee at Stop & Shop, the lobsters netted by police were thrown away, in keeping with the store policy that nothing perishable can be resold.
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