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Surf and Turf: Northampton police say two men tried to make off with steak, shrimp and … Honeycrisp apples

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@JackSuntrup
Sunday, June 04, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — This is a story about steak, shrimp and Honeycrisp apples.

It starts in the UMassFive Federal Credit Union parking lot on King Street Saturday morning. There, off-duty Williamsburg Police Chief Denise Wickland caught the beginnings of an alleged supermarket heist.

Wickland reported two suspicious men, who were inside a black Nissan Altima without a front bumper, to Northampton police. She said they were changing clothes and placed something over the Altima’s rear license plate to obscure its view.

They backed the Nissan into a parking spot near the entrance to the nearby Stop & Shop at about 10:50 a.m.

Police said the first man walked through the store’s sliding doors. The other stayed posted in the car in the parking lot, police said.

The first loaded seven packages of frozen shrimp, two packages of steak and two packages of Honeycrisp apples into his cart, said Northampton Police Capt. John Cartledge, who believes the steak and shrimp were pre-packaged.

And then, the man pushed the cart at a “fast pace” past the cashiers and out of the store.

Police were waiting. Officers said an assistant manager pointed out the first man, saying he stole the surf, turf and apples. Police detained him.

The second man drove the Altima away, police said. Police pulled him over on King Street.

Police arrested Dustin M. Maruca, 33, of Granby, the accused would-be getaway driver. They also arrested Timothy J. Babyok, 37, of Easthampton, who they say stole the food.

Both were arrested and face the same larceny over $100 charges. The steak, shrimp and apples were valued at $214, Cartledge said.

Jack Suntrup can be reached at jsuntrup@gazettenet.com.