PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A fedora wearing, skateboard riding glass blower was arrested after accusations of pilfering Reddi-wip, a pressurized dessert topping that many enjoy sprayed directly into the mouth.
What could be called the canned whipped cream caper went down Oct. 16 at a Mobil in the 8400 block of Northwest Commerce Center Drive in Port St. Lucie where a clerk reported a man left without paying for something, a recently released arrest affidavit states.
The man, the clerk told a St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputy, sported a fedora, cargo shorts and had a skateboard. He paid for a pack of Marlboros and a bottle of peroxide, but while leaving "was trying to conceal (an) item that he had in his shorts pocket," the affidavit states.
The clerk said she went to the area where the man stood and noticed a Reddi-wip can missing. She didn't pursue the man "because he was acting weird as if he was high."
Reddi-wip, which many spray on hot chocolate and pie, also can be dispensed directly into the mouth. The airy dairy product is made with "real cream" as opposed to oil, and "sets the standard for keeping it real," the website states.
A deputy couldn't find the accused whipped cream thief, but the clerk noticed a man on a skateboard heading toward Mobil. He'd changed clothes and ditched the hat and was identified as the suspect.
The man, identified as Sean Spinato, 32, was carrying a bottle of peroxide. He said he was coming to exchange the peroxide and pay for a can of whipped cream.
Asked why he paid for the smokes and peroxide but not the Reddi-wip, Spinato said, "My hands were full, so I stuck the can in my pocket!"
Spinato, of Port St. Lucie, asked if he could pay for the item, but the business owner wanted to press charges.
The Reddi-wip website states a stack of 1.5 billion Reddi-wip cans would reach the moon, though the affidavit didn't state whether Spinato planned to use the can for that purpose.
Spinato, whose occupation is listed as glass blower, was arrested on a misdemeanor theft related charge.