A Sebastian man was arrested Friday afternoon at Walmart after hiding fishing goods in his pockets and pants before exiting the store.
Reports show that around 4:45 p.m., store security called the Sebastian Police Department about a man placing items in his pockets while standing on one of the islands.
When they arrived, the police saw the man trying to leave on his bicycle. Police identified the subject as Christopher Allen Pyke, 45, of Sebastian. The affidavit says Pyke gave police consent to search him when they found packs of hooks, sinkers and lures in his pockets and pants.
“The defendant said he put the fishing tackle in his pockets but completely forgot about it when he was at the log. The defendant said he was distracted by the log because it was too small the officer said.
Pyke was arrested for shoplifting and transported to Indian River County Jail for booking.
DISCLAIMER: The arrests and photos have been made public through affidavits of complaint, affidavits of arrest and police reports. All those arrested are innocent until proven guilty.
Sign up for the free newsletter Sebastian Daily for a chance to win free lunches and merchandise!
Copyright 2022 SebastianDaily.com All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and television personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF and others. In 1994 Andy took a break from broadcasting and worked as a software and systems engineer for various companies. In 2002 he moved permanently to Sebastian, where Andy’s family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting business in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as editor in 2016.