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Shoplifting suspect caught after hopping aboard passing pickup truck

A shoplifting suspect was caught outside the Wegmans supermarket on Military Road after he tried to flee by hopping aboard a passing pickup truck, Town of Niagara Police reported.

Anthony J. Paduano, 47, of Walmore Road, was charged with petit larceny, then was turned over to police in Niagara Falls, where he faces several outstanding warrants.

According to police, Paduano exited the store’s side doors about 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 with 10 packages of steak, grabbed onto the pickup truck in the parking lot, then jumped off when the truck drove behind the store.

Police said they caught him as he attempted to scale a fence. The steaks were recovered nearby. Paduano was treated for cuts to his hands and knees.

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