Police: Grocery store theft suspect stuffed pickle in pants

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Monday, June 13, 2016

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Friendswood grocery store shopper is in a pickle after police allegedly found a pickle stuffed in his pants.

John Anthony Raimondo, 32, is charged with theft in connection with the Saturday incident at a grocery store in the 700 block of West Parkwood Avenue.

Police say an officer in the checkout line noticed Raimondo making suspicious movements towards his waist area and walking awkwardly. The officer then noticed a bulge in his shirt.

As the officer was leaving the store, he spotted Raimondo at a table outside. The officer asked him whether he'd purchased anything from inside the store.

Raimondo agreed to let the officer conduct a weapons check, and during his search, the officer allegedly found a cold pickle in his pants. The officer also reported finding two sandwiches in his waist.

Raimondo claimed he didn't have any money for the food but the officer smelled alcohol on his breath, according to Friendswood police.

Raimondo has at least two prior convictions for theft, making this theft charge a felony; his bond was set at $60,000.