Man arrested in alleged liquor theft

Police arrested a 21-year-old Pukalani man who got into a scuffle when he was stopped for stealing liquor from Foodland in Pukalani on Monday night, police said.

The man was seen taking a bottle of rum, which was concealed in his pants when he paid for other items at 7:11 p.m., said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.

The man was stopped at the exit and got into a struggle with employees before he managed to break free and run, Rego said.

At 10:35 p.m., police officers located the suspect, a former store employee, at his residence, he said. The value of the stolen liquor was about $21.