Police: Pepsi Theft No Accident

(AP) Police say a security tape supports their claim: this Pepsi theft was no accident.

Thomas Sturgis, 50, of Cleveland, told WEWS-TV on Tuesday that after paying $157.20 for groceries Saturday night at Giant Eagle he forgot about a $4 case of soda under the cart and was arrested for petty theft.

But Brooklyn Chief Mark Tenaglia said Wednesday that security video shows Sturgis using a self-checkout with no items on the bottom of his cart.

Tenaglia says a second video camera shows Sturgis loading six 12-packs of Pepsi into his cart before he exited the store. The total value of the soda was $21.54 with tax.

Sturgis declined to comment on Wednesday.

"I'm going to let everything be handled in court. That's all I have to say," he said.

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