NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Four Long Islanders are accused of selling stolen frozen shrimp to a Chinese restaurant to support their drug habits, police said.
The suspects had stolen at least $2,400 worth of frozen shrimp from supermarkets since December 2012 and sold it to the Tai Yu Chinese Restaurant in Mastic Beach, police said.
“The four subjects had drug habits that they had to feed,” Sgt. Joseph Suarez said, adding that the bags — which are normally worth $20 — were being sold for $5.
The suspects — Joseph Elardo, 34, Sharmane Cromer, 34, James Donnellan, 33, and Nicole Johnson, 22 — were arrested last Wednesday.