Officer Chad Pryor arrested the shoplifter Friday afternoon, Jan. 5, and took him to the Martinez Detention Facility. The bottle of wine had a selling price of $16.99.
Craig said there could have been a number of motivations why the Danville man wanted to steal the wine.
"Everyone's got their reasons," Craig said. "We can't really explain it."
He said a clerk working at Lunardi's, on Railroad Avenue, spotted the man putting a wine bottle in his pants. After the 41-year-old hid the bottle, he bought a bag of potato chips to make it seem like he was buying something from the store, Craig said.
When he was leaving Lunardi's, employees detained him until police arrived.
-Jordan M. Doronila