Robber arrested after stopping to eat stolen ice cream behind a dumpster

Seattle Police responded to a recent Safeway robbery, and found the suspect a few blocks away, evidently eating the stolen goods before it melted. Here’s the full write-up from the SPD Blotter‘s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

We’ve all been there: a rough day at work sends you spiraling downward into a pint of ice cream. And then, thanks to the restorative powers of an icy carton of Chunky Monkey, your day magically improves.

But dessert is not always a panacea—it can be your undoing as well.

One armed robber learned this lesson the hard way last Saturday when he stopped mid-heist to gobble down a pint of Ben and Jerry’s behind a dumpster.

Just before 8 pm Saturday, police got a call from security staff at the Safeway near 15th Ave NW and NW Market Street after they confronted a shoplifter outside the store.

The suspect pulled a knife on a security guard, dropped a basket full of cookies, chips, salsa, candy, soda and butter, and then fled and then fled up 14th Avenue NW.

Officers found the suspect a few blocks away, bear NW 53rd St., sitting next to a dumpster, using a lighter to scoop out the innards of a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.

The 31-year-old man denied that he had robbed anyone, and sat eating his ice cream as police conferred with Safeway security.

After security officers told police the suspect had previously been trespassed from the Safeway and gave their account of the robbery, police asked the man for his side of the story. “Security came out of nowhere,” he told officers, adding that all he did “was not pay for some items.”

Officers booked the man into the King County Jail for robbery and booked his leftover ice cream into the dumpster.

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