SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) — A wheelchair-bound man was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting after grocery store owners and police discovered the man eating food he had not paid for in the produce section – and wearing nothing more than a few spilled cherry tomatoes on his genitals.
KOMO-TV is reporting that store owners of a local QFC called police around 6:20 a.m. last Friday after the man, who was not named, caused a disturbance.
When police arrived on the scene, they found the man seated in his wheelchair in the produce aisle eating cherry tomatoes out of a container. Some of the tomatoes had fallen into his lap and onto his crotch, providing him some modesty, as he was otherwise naked.
Cherry tomatoes were also reportedly found all over the floor surrounding the wheelchair.
The man is said to be known to local authorities for stealing in the past from other nearby stores, as well as for trespassing.
Police arrested him and took him to the King County Jail to investigate whether or not he had burglarized the establishment on the date of the most recent incident. However, a search of the man only produced one frozen breakfast sandwich.
A police report obtained by KOMO-TV indicated that the man entered the store knowing he was not allowed inside after his previous trespassing crime, and that he was there with the intent to commit a crime.