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Police: Thief stole $500 worth shrimp, stuffed them down his pants


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who walked in and out of a Riverside grocery store several times, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of shrimp that he stuffed down his pants.

The alleged shrimp bandit targeted the Vons at 3520 Riverside Plaza Drive on Dec. 4, according to RPD Officer Ryan Railsback.

Railsback said the bandit went in and out of the store three times in 15 minutes. On each occasion, he raided the frozen food section, loading his pants with bags of shrimp, according to the officer.

"A total of 30 bags of frozen shrimp were stolen with a retail value of over $500," Railsback said.

Riverside Police are also looking for a thief who left behind a potrait of himself

Police released security surveillance camera images that captured the bandit in action.

Police describe the suspect as a white man, approximately 50 to 60 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds, with short silver and black hair. He was wearing a white jacket, navy blue sweater, blue jeans, and black-and-white sneakers.

Anyone with information was asked to contact detectives at 951-826-2054 or submit information online via

DETECTIVES SEEKING HELP IDENTIFYING LOCAL THIEF RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Riverside Police Officers responded to the Vons grocery store, located at 3520 Riverside Plaza Drive, regarding a past theft. When officers arrived, they learned a male suspect had entered the business 3 times within a timespan of about 15 minutes. Each time the suspect entered the business, he proceeded to the frozen food section and concealed numerous bags of frozen shrimp in his pants. A total of 30 bags of frozen shrimp were stolen with a retail value of over 0. The suspect is described as a White male adult, about 50 to 60 years old, gray hair, approximately 5’-10” tall, and between 150 to 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a navy blue sweater, and a tan jacket. If you have any information regarding the identity of this suspect, please contact Detective Jeff Putnam at (951) 826-2054 or Those wishing to remain anonymous can email or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number 190033288.

Posted by Riverside Police Department on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

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