Alleged toothpaste thief arrested

On April 11, 2012, in Shoplifting, by djeyli

Police in Massachusetts said that they used security camera footage to identify a man accused of trying to steal a cartload of toothpaste from a store.

Police Sgt. Patrick Manley said that 23-year-old Timmy John Laflamme of Chicopee, was arrested Monday after officers recognized him from security camera footage taken Wednesday afternoon at the Stop & Shop on North Main Street in Chicopee.

Manley said Laflamme was confronted by employees Wednesday when he allegedly tried to leave the store without paying for his cartful of toothpaste. Laflamme fled in a white Camry driven by a woman before officers arrived.

The sergeant said Laflamme was in the same Camry when he was arrested by officers Monday in the Bank of America parking lot across from the store.

Laflamme pleaded not guilty Monday to shoplifting by asportation. He was ordered held without bail due to having pending cases against him in Springfield.

Manley said the female driver has been identified by police and they are investigating possible charges against her.

Police said thieves often steal large quantities of products such as toothpaste to sell to small convenience stores.

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