A man arrested for stealing meat products from Giant told police he did so to fund his heroin habit. Police say Luis Soto-Rivera, 38,of the 2700 block of Crestview Drive in York Township, was caught by employees of the Giant at 1200 West Market Street stuffing meat products into a duffel bag. When confronted he dropped the bag and made for the door, shoving a female customer in his path to the floor. The suspect then ran towards the city.
Soto-Rivera was spotted on the first block of Richland Avenue a short time later and ran from police. Police say he darted across heavy traffic to avoid capture. He was finally tackled on the 900 block of West King Street in the city.
Police discovered a heroin needle in Soto-Rivera’s pants pocket. The duffel bag contained seven individually wrapped pork products and two packages of NyQuil Liquicap OTC medication, totaling $160 worth of store merchandise. Soto-Rivera told police after stealing the meat from Giant he would travel to York City and sell the meat for money so he could in turn purchase more heroin.
He now faces a felony charge of Robbery, Retail Theft and Flight to Avoid Apprehension.