City Employee Arrested for Shoplifting at Whole Foods

By Leslie Albrecht on March 20, 2012 5:32pm | Updated on March 20, 2012 9:12pm

A man was arrested at the Whole Foods at 808 Columbus Ave. after he shoplifted $16.51 in food items, police said.
A man was arrested at the Whole Foods at 808 Columbus Ave. after he shoplifted $16.51 in food items, police said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — This alleged thief wasn't a penny pincher.

Rui Mei, a 37-year-old city employee, was arrested Tuesday morning at gourmet grocer Whole Foods after he was caught shoplifting $16.51 in food items, police said.

Mei, who works for the Department of Housing, Preservation & Development, was nabbed at 10:25 a.m. at the Whole Foods at 808 Columbus Ave., in the Columbus Square shopping and luxury apartment complex, officials said.

A spokesman for Whole Foods declined to comment on the arrest or provide further details on what Mei allegedly stole.

HPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

 

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