Normally, we find tales of merchandise crammed down shoplifters’ pants hilarious. We were all ready to laugh at the story of a man who used similar methods to steal frozen steak and lobster from a Safeway…until we learned that he fled the scene by carjacking a vehicle with an elderly man and a 13-year-old girl inside, resulting in an Amber Alert.
We’ve shared with you stories of thieves who stuffed seafood, beef, steak and seafood, a turkey breast, puppies, or a chainsaw down their pants, but didn’t get away with their daring plans or their ill-gotten merch.
This particular Safeway grocery store in Oakland, California doesn’t even normally carry steak and lobster. The items were in stock as part of a Valentine’s Day special, and the alleged thief took advantage of that.
The man attempted his theft shortly before 1 P.M. When a store employee spotted him, he ran outside
and forced an older man in a vehicle outside to drive away. Witnesses reported that the suspect threatened the driver with a knife. The car, which authorities say was a red or burgundy sedan with the California license plate number [redacted]. If you happen to see this vehicle, call 911 immediately.
Update, 2/13/14: Well, turns out that the people in the car may have been waiting for the man inside the store to finish his shopping trip. The Amber Alert is off.