by Associated Press
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Police are looking for a rather finicky
shoplifter: a man who apparently likes Moet & Chandon White Star
The man, called the "Champagne Bandit," has stolen $30 bottles of the
bubbly from Publix supermarkets along central Florida's east coast,
according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's office.
"It is a unique case," St. Lucie Sheriff Ken Mascara said. "It's the
first one I can recall where the person is targeting the same make of
The bandit is described as 6 feet tall and 300 pounds. Security
videotapes showed him wearing a large, untucked white dress shirt,
jeans and a white ball cap. Last week a manager at the same Publix in
Port St. Lucie reported two bottles of Moet & Chandon had been stolen.
The manager said the store has had 24 other bottles of the same
champagne stolen since Oct. 5. Maria Rodamis, a Publix spokeswoman,
said the supermarket chain is fully cooperating with investigators.
She declined further comment.
Police are still trying to pin down his motive, but they note the
champagne is often served with cheese-based entrees, oysters or fish.
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"Maybe he's a fine chef and he needs wine to accompany his meal," Mascara