A state trooper arrested three men in connection with the theft of eight pounds of crab meat from the Jubilee Food Market in Finksburg Monday after he stopped their car for a traffic violation, police said.
Tfc. James Emerick reported that he stopped a 1989 Honda Civic at Routes 140 and 91 about 5:10 p.m. and, as he approached the vehicle, saw three men attempt to hide what turned out to be still-cold crab meat.
When the men could not produce a receipt, police checked with officials at the Jubilee market in the shopping center at the intersection and learned that the crab had been stolen from the store. It was valued at $160.
Trooper Emerick reported that when troopers arrested the three, they discovered that the driver, John Henry Reynolds, 43, was driving on a suspended license. Troopers also found a syringe and a teaspoon, both containing heroin residue, in the side pocket of an open overnight bag in the car, police said.
Police identified the other men as Dennis Adam Brown, 32, and Richard Carl Henckel Jr., 27. All three were charged with the theft of the crab meat. Brown and Henckel were held on $10,000 bond.
Mr. Reynolds also was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and was held on $15,000 bond.
All three refused to give their home addresses, troopers said.
Police did not say whether anyone was charged with a traffic violation.