A man wanted for violating his probation and parole in Warren County, N.J., was fingered by his partner in crime as an accomplice in the theft of meat and seafood from a store, officials said.
Kelly F. Ruta, 39, of 776 South Main St., Phillipsburg, N.J., was identified on Wednesday by Brian E. Johnson as his accomplice in shoplifting $181.82 worth of meat and seafood from the Giant at 3926 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.
A warrant was issued Thursday for Ruta's arrest on retail theft, after police contacted Ruta's probation/parole officer, officials said, adding that Ruta has four previous shoplifting convictions.
Ruta and Johnson left the Giant 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, and drove off in a white Chevy sedan registered to Johnson's fiancee, Kimberly Rivera, of 120 West Lincoln St., Easton, officials said.
When Rivera was contacted by police on Wednesday, Johnson admitted to driving Rivera's car and taking the food, officials said.
Johnson was arraigned on a retail theft charge and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $2,500 bail, according to court documents.