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A 26-year-old man used a baby stroller to steal items from a grocery store, according to law enforcement in Florida.
Shortly before 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, a loss-prevention officer at Publix, said he saw Robert Kevin Hughes walk down the aisles with a baby stroller, then stuffing the stroller with items he didn’t pay for, police said.
After getting caught, investigators said Hughes took off, leaving the infant behind.
Officers said the man stole shampoo, prosecco and cocktail sausages, which were worth just over $22.
“It’s really sad that people have to stoop to that kind of level,” shopper Alyssa Ware said.
A report from the Eustis Police Department said Hughes took off when he was confronted, but left the baby, stroller and items behind.
“I mean, with a child?” shopper Harry Ruer said. “Especially this time of year? There’s no excuse.”
Police said Hughes’ girlfriend, who was also in the store, convinced him to return to the Publix, where he was arrested.
“We’re very thankful that no one was hurt during the incident, especially the baby,” a Publix spokesman said in a statement.
Hughes was charged with three counts of Petit Theft, a Florida misdemeanor charge defined as “the taking or using of property valued at under $300 with the intent to deprive the owner of a right or benefit in the property.”
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