Jupiter police charge West Palm man with retail theft; ‘I have to make a living somehow,’ accused allegedly tells officers


Jupiter police charge West Palm man with retail theft; ‘I have to make a living somehow,’ accused ...

Adam Zucchini didn’t give up easily after getting caught trying to steal from a drug store Thursday night, town police said.

Zucchini handed the stolen merchandise back to its manager, then took items from another drug store across the street, then moved down Indiantown Road to Home Depot, where he was finally arrested, police said.

In all, he took more than $900 in merchandise from the two drug stores, according to a probable-cause affidavit made public Friday.

Police also alleged Zucchini made a fraudulent return at Home Depot store in suburban Lake Worth back in May.

The 30-year-old West Palm Beach man was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday on a charge of retail theft. He remained in custody Saturday evening in lieu of $3,000 bond.

The most recent incident began around 6 p.m. Thursday at the Walgreens store at Indiantown Road and Military Trail, the affidavit said. The store manager watched Zucchini fill a shopping cart with items, then walk to the store exit.

She asked him for a receipt. Zucchini handed her the items.

“I don’t have one. You caught me,” the affidavit quotes Zucchini as saying.

Asked what he thought he was doing, he reportedly said: “I have to make a living somehow.”

The Walgreens manager told police she watched Zucchini leave the store and go behind the CVS pharmacy next door. She later saw him run out of the CVS carrying a red shopping basket, the affidavit said.

Police spoke to the CVS store manager, who said he was not aware of a theft. He reviewed the store’s surveillance video to find Zucchini walking out with stolen merchandise, the affidavit said.

Another officer reported seeing a man matching Zucchini’s description enter the Home Depot parking lot at Indiantown Road and Maplewood Drive.

The officer found Zucchini near the store’s garden section. The arrest report did not say whether he had any merchandise from the Home Depot.

The items he took from Walgreens were valued at $401.90, and police found $513.91 worth of merchandise from the CVS, the affidavit said.

Police also discovered Zucchini had two warrants outstanding for failing to appear in court.

He was charged with the retail theft from May. In that incident, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies said Zucchini went to the Home Depot in suburban Lake Worth and requested a store credit for items he had just taken off the shelves.

He left the store with a refund card valued at $219.39. A cashier later deleted the credit before anyone could use the card.