updated 12/31/2008 10:45:02 PM ET 2009-01-01T03:45:02

A suspected grocery thief still has a taste for finer cuisine, even in the struggling economy, police say

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Police in Racine, Wis., said 43-year-old Brian A. Rubenstein tried to steal $625 in groceries. The total included $365 in lobster and $213 in ribeye and beef roasts.

Workers told police they saw Rubenstein fill his cart with lobster tails and beef cuts, as well as a smoked ham, apple pie and fruit platter. He was arrested Dec. 23.

Rubenstein was charged Friday with misdemeanor retail theft, which carries a maximum penalty of nine months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Rubenstein didn't immediately return a message left Wednesday evening.

He told investigators times are tough, police said.

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