YORKVILLE — He went bananas.
An East Harlem man gobbled up bananas he didn't pay for before knocking over shelves of food and stomping on the goods at a Shell gas station on First Avenue, the NYPD said.
The 53-year-old walked into the station's food market on First Avenue near East 96th Street at noon on June 24 and ate a banana without paying for it, police said.
When employees told him to leave, he refused and started to munch on more bananas before knocking down shelves filled with chips and soda, according to police and a criminal complaint.
The suspect then stomped and smashed the chips before employees could call for help. The merchandise he destroyed totaled $250, police said.
Bananas sell for two for $1 at the station, a sign posted inside the station says. Employees working there Friday afternoon said they weren't aware of the incident.
The man was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty at his arraignment and was sentenced to time served, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.