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Man charged with eating produce without paying

BY KRISTEN EAST | JUNE 27, 2013 5:00 AM

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A local man has charged after he was found eating tomatoes from the produce aisle at the Waterfront Hy-Vee location.

Carl Johnson, 52, was charged on Tuesday with theft after Hy-Vee staff observed him eating tomatoes inside the store.

According to the Iowa City police complaint, Johnson did not pay for the tomatoes but upon contact admitted to eating them. Staff told officers that Johnson was also found stumbling around the store.

The estimated cost of the tomatoes eaten was approximately $1, the complaint said.

Johnson was previously convicted of theft on three other occasions.

Third-degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor.


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