updated 6/17/2008 4:43:32 PM ET 2008-06-17T20:43:32

Maybe he was trying to beat the heat. A Brooklyn restaurant cook is accused of stealing frozen lobster tails by stuffing them down his pants.

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The Brooklyn district attorney's office said Tuesday that Raymundo Flores has been arraigned on misdemeanor charges of petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

Co-workers called 911 on Sunday to report a crustacean caper at the walk-in freezer at Junior's Restaurant. Police say they found lobster tails that Flores allegedly had hidden in his pants and in bandages on his legs.

Flores, a Manhattan resident, has been freed without bail. He's due back in court on July 3.

The name of his attorney could not immediately be determined.

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