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'Lobster thief' Charles Shumanis sentenced to state prison

Published On: Nov 06 2012 12:15:46 PM EST

Man sentenced for stealing lobsters


A Lehigh County man could spend up to 25 years in prison for stealing lobsters he planned to sell to support his drug habit.

Officials say 47-year-old Charles Shumanis III repeatedly stole lobsters and meat from Allentown-area supermarkets, including a botched March 1 theft that included a parking lot car-jacking.

Monday a judge sentenced Shumanis to serve 7 1/2 to 25 years at a state prison able to help him deal with his drug and alcohol problems.

He pleaded guilty in September to charges including retail theft and robbery of a motor vehicle.