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It's to be hoped a hungry shoplifter at least blew on the pie before he tried to hide it down his pants.
Dunedin's Night n Day Regent was targeted by shoplifters overnight, Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen said.
At 10.35pm, a 49-year-old man tried to steal $13 worth of items from the Regent Rd store by putting them in his jacket and walking out.
Half an hour later, a 20-year-old man was seen putting two pies in one pie bag, and then eating one of the pies while in line waiting to pay. He made no attempt to pay for the pie he ate.
Twenty minutes after that, pies were targeted again, this time by a 21-year-old man who put a pie down his pants and tried to walk out of the store.
And at 12.50am, an 18-year-old man was spotted putting a pack of cards in his jacket pocket before going to the counter to pay for other items.
All were stopped by security and trespassed.