Columbus police are searching for a man they say shoplifted a $70 bottle of Moet Champagne from the Wine and Spirit Shoppe.
The theft happened around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday. A man walked into the store at 1694 Whittlesey Blvd. while talking on a cell phone. He walked to the back of the store, grabbed the champagne, tucked it under his black shirt and walked outside, police said.
An employee saw the man drop the bottle once outside, though he then picked it up, ran to a nearby gray Dodge Charger with an Arizona tag and drove away, reports state.
Police contacted the Dodge’s owner, who told officers he lent the vehicle to his step-brother — Lee Price Jr., 27 — for a job interview. The man said Price was wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and had a black stocking on his head, police said.
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Reports state that a criminal background check on Price revealed that he’s pleaded guilty to shoplifting five times in the past nine years. The officer said he would issue a felony warrant for Price’s arrest.