PRICES aren't the only thing going down, down at Coles this week, as one ambitious shopper proved when he did his best to conceal a Christmas crustacean down his trouser front.
Police from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command have confirmed a 38-year-old male has been spoken to and issued with a future court notice after he was apprehended leaving Grafton Mall Coles with a lobster hidden in his pants.
Acting Inspector David Lollback said the man was stopped by a witness before an off-duty police officer broke up an altercation between the pair.
"A 38-year-old male has been spoken to in relation to the offence of stealing," Acting Insp. Lollback said. "He had removed a lobster to the value of $32 by putting it down the front of his pants but was stopped in the carpark by a witness.
"An argument ensued between the man and the witness before an off-duty police officer became involved. Due to his intervention the man removed the lobster before being questioned over the matter."
Grafton Mall Coles manager Frank McDermott found the lighter side of the matter and was relieved for the gentleman that the crustacean was not alive.
"That could have gotten a bit nasty," Mr McDermott said. "The lobster was returned to the store and has been disposed of in the correct manner."
The gentleman in question was issued a future court notice for the offence of stealing and is expected to appear before Grafton local court in the new year.