Police: Shoplifter's ice-cream break costs him his freedom

SEATTLE -- A man apparently took a moment Saturday night to drown the memory of a failed shoplifting attempt in a quart of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. Unfortunately for the man, he took that moment only a block away from the scene of the crime.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, the suspect walked into the Safeway on 15th Avenue Northwest in Ballard around 7:50 p.m., placed a number of items in a basket, and tried to walk out without paying.

When a store security employee confronted the suspect, he pulled out a knife and threatened the employee, according to the report.

The employee called 911, and the suspect ran out of the store, dropping his basket of goods and his backpack in the process.

Officers arrived and were pointed in the direction of an alley a block away. That's where an officer found the suspect sitting next to a metal dumpster and eating a quart of Ben & Jerry's with a lighter, according to the report.

According to the report, the suspect denied any involvement in the robbery and continued eating his ice cream while the officer waited for backup. Eventually, the security employee arrived and identified the suspect, who had already been trespassed from the store in April.

By way of explaining himself, the suspect told officers store security came out of nowhere, and all he did was not pay for some things, according to the report. Some of those things he reportedly didn't pay for include cookies, salsa, chips, M&M's, soda, milk, butter and a Nestle Drumstick.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery. The remainder of his ice cream was thrown away.