Women steal $300 worth of lobster tails

Clearwater, Florida -- The owner of Ward's Seafood Market & Galley on Belleair Road is looking for two women who stole several lobster tails from his store on Wednesday afternoon.

Robert Cameron, the owner of the store, said the women -- who had three children with them -- took frozen Australian lobster tails valued at $300 that had just arrived on Monday.

"It's an absolute shame we have to worry about these things," he said.

About 1:50 p.m., the tails were in an upright freezer near the front of the store, and as one of the women blocked the view, the other woman reached in, grabbed the lobster tails and put them in a stroller, Cameron said after watching store video.

He said the women also asked about scallops, but decided not to buy any because they were too expensive. The women then left the store with the Australian lobster tails and some frozen scampi lobster tails in tow.

After they were gone, a customer went to an employee and said they might want to check the cooler to see if anything was missing. The staff then noticed the thefts because they had done inventory only an hour before.

"They don't belong on the street," Cameron said. "It's a small hurt on us but to do it in front of children."

The store filed a report with police who are now asking for your help finding these women.

One woman has short black hair that was last seen wearing a black and white striped dress and was carrying a black and white striped bag and pushing a stroller.

The other has a lip piercing and was last seen wearing a multi-colored striped dress and black hair cap and was carrying a baby carrier.

They were last seen driving away in a newer model 4-door maroon sedan.

Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact Detective M. Hilliard of the Burglary and Pawn Unit at (727) 582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

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