A Sebastian man was arrested Friday afternoon at Walmart after he concealed fishing merchandise in his pockets and pants before exiting the store.
Reports show that at approximately 4:45 p.m., store security called the Sebastian Police Department about a man placing items in his pockets while standing in one of the isles.
As officers arrived, they spotted the man attempting to leave on a bicycle. Police identified the subject as Christopher Allen Pyke, 45, of Sebastian. The affidavit said that Pyke gave the police consent to search his person when they found fishing hook packets, sinkers, and lures in his pockets and pants.
“The defendant stated he did put the fishing items in his pockets but forgot all about them when he was at the register. The defendant stated he was distracted at the register due to it being too small,” the officer said.
Pyke was arrested for shoplifting and transported to the Indian River County Jail for booking.