Monday, August 29, 2011

News Of The Day: Newlyweds Busted For Shoplifting $1049 In Groceries

From The Smoking Gun.

Newlyweds Busted Trying To Shoplift $1049 In Groceries For Their Wedding Reception

(August 25, 2011) A Pennsylvania couple married a week ago allegedly attempted to shoplift more than $1000 of merchandise from a supermarket--items they planned to use for their wedding reception last Friday afternoon.

Brittany Lurch, 22, and Arthur Phillips, 32, were arrested after trying to walk out of a Wegmans with goods valued at $1,049.26, according to the Patton Township Police Department. The newlyweds, pictured in the above mug shots, were collared after wheeling the hot merchandise out of the store in two shopping carts to their waiting Hyundai.

Phillips told arresting officers that the merchadise was “for their wedding reception” later that afternoon, according to a criminal complaint excerpted here.

Lurch, a mother of two, and Phillips were wed a day earlier, on August 18.

While the complaint does not provide an itemized list of goods boosted from Wegman’s, a cop reported that, “the suspects had ordered numerous items from the seafood department.”

A source familiar with the items found in the couple’s carts told TSG that the stolen merch included a shrimp platter ($115); two spiral hams ($70); a vegetable tray ($50); appetizer trays; eggs; a punch bowl; forks; spoons; soda; dinnerware for eight; turkey; toothbrushes; a polo shirt; and Gillette Fusion razor blades.

Before bonding out, the newlyweds briefly lived under the same roof at the Centre County jail, where they were booked on misdemeanor theft and receiving stolen property charges.


  1. Ha! I like the fact that there were toothbrushes, a polo shirt, and razor blades thrown in there. I guess they figured as long as they were there getting food for the reception, they might as well get their sundries too. Sounds like their marriage is off to a good start!

  2. Ah, to be so young and foolish again. You got to spread it out, kids. Don't try to get it all at once.

  3. Made for each other! Wondering whose watching the kids while they are on jail?



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