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Brian Johnson uses fiancee's car to drive away stolen food, police say

BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. - A man used his fiancee's car to bring home the meat and seafood he stole from a food store, officials said.

Brian E. Johnson was one of two men spotted on a surveillance tape leaving the Giant at 3926 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday with two shopping baskets filled with Johnsonville Beer Brats, baby back ribs, a bag of cooked shrimp, a bag of raw shrimp and a can of lump crab, officials said.

The men loaded stolen food worth $181.82 into a white Chevy sedan registered to Kimberly Rivera, of 120 West Lincoln St., Easton, and drove off, officials added.

When Rivera was contacted by police on Wednesday, Johnson, her fiance who lives with her, admitted to driving Rivera's car and taking the food, officials said.

Johnson, 36, was arraigned on a retail theft charge and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $2,500 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. April 24.

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