PARK SLOPE — A thief with a taste for surf and turf stole lobster, shrimp and steak from a Whole Foods Market on the day before Thanksgiving, according to a police report.
Officers arrested Michael Parascandola, 50, at the Whole Foods at Third Street and Third Avenue after he shoplifted 10 lobster tails worth $200, three rib-eye steaks valued at $60 and an undisclosed amount of frozen shrimp worth $96 on Nov. 26 about 3:30 p.m., police said.
A security officer at the gourmet market spotted Parascandola taking the food, along with two Whole Foods Market cooler bags, a hat, a scarf and some gloves, according to the police report. The total value of the stolen items was more than $435.
Parascandola was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to court records. He is next due in court on Jan. 15. Information about his attorney was not immediately available.
Whole Foods did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other recent crimes in the 78th Precinct include the following, with details from police reports:
► More than $5,700 in jewelry and other valuables was stolen from an apartment at Fourth Avenue and Bergen Street while the tenant was away for Thanksgiving. The 26-year-old victim left his home on Nov. 26, and returned on Nov. 28 to find that a diamond and jade ring and Tiffany's pearl earrings had been stolen, along with three iPads, a PlayStation Vita and a MacBook Pro.
► A car was stolen from Second Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets after the driver left the vehicle because he was having a panic attack. The driver told police he left the rented 2013 Nissan Maxima with the engine running and the keys in the ignition while he went for a walk on Nov. 26 at about 8 a.m. When he returned, the car was gone.
► A man was punched in the face while he was washing his clothes at a laundromat at Seventh Avenue and 14th Street. The man said he was punched by a woman who got into a fight with a laundromat worker about the man doing laundry after the facility was closed. The assault happened at 9:15 p.m. on Nov. 25.
Major crimes in the 78th Precinct have dropped 9 percent this year compared with the same period in 2013, according to the latest NYPD statistics.