GREENWICH VILLAGE — A man caught stealing sodas from CVS threatened the store manager with a knife, police said.
The manager spotted the 36-year-old man putting two bottles of Pepsi and two bottles of Sunkist into a duffel bag without paying for them about 12:50 p.m. on May 26, police said.
Each bottle cost $1.50, according to police records.
The manager stopped the man, took the soda bottles from him, and asked him to leave, police said.
Police said the manager and the man got into an argument while in the vestibule of the store, and the man pulled a knife from his duffel bag. Video surveillance in the store captured the incident, police said.
"If you want to finish this, we can take this outside and finish this," court documents quote the man saying to the manager.
The man took off running toward Washington Square Park, where an officer recognized him from a photo distributed by the 6th Precinct Field Intelligence Officer and arrested him about 1:40 p.m. that same day, police said.
The arresting officer found a crack pipe on the man with crack/cocaine residue in it, police said.
The man was charged with menacing in the second degree for the knife, criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
He was held on bail of $1,000 bond and $500 cash and is due back in court on June 20. A judge also issued a temporary order of protection.
The man's attorney did not immediately respond to a voicemail left for comment.