A man taped his underpants to his legs with electrical tape, then stuffed them with personal hygiene products at a Family Dollar and walked out without paying, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Nicolas Williams' unusual shoplifting method failed when an employee caught on and called deputies, according to a Sheriff's Office arrest report. The 24-year-old Miami man was arrested and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.
Arrested with him was Vincent Wilder, 34, also of Miami, who also filled his underpants with hygiene products, but apparently did so without taping them, according to the report. Both men face larceny charges.
The crime happened at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Family Dollar on the 1900 block of Lake Worth Road in Lake Worth.
A deputy who responded to the scene found three adults and three children inside a Dodge pickup truck, with numerous bottles and containers of products scattered on the ground around it. More containers and products were stacked inside, according to the report.
In all, $339.42 worth of hygiene products was taken from the store. A store employee confirmed the items were not purchased.
Deputies spoke with the three adults in the truck, who said they drove to Lake Worth from Miami with a plan to shoplift, according to the report. Williams and Wilder said they sell the products.
"Williams confirmed that he does not normally tape the leg holes of his underpants, and did so on this date for the enhanced ability to conceal a greater amount of retail merchandise," a deputy noted in the report.
Wilder said the three chose Palm Beach County stores because it "was easier," according to the report.
He said he frequently sells personal hygiene products to people in the Miami area, and chose that type of item because it's "what everyone needs."
The third adult in the truck, a woman, was not arrested.
Williams and Wilder remained behind bars late Monday in lieu of bail set at $7,500 and $10,000, respectively.