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Safeway drops sandwich theft charge

November 10, 2011
The Maui Weekly

The Associated Press - Safeway is declining to press charges against a Honolulu couple whose arrests over stolen sandwiches led state workers to take custody of their 2-year-old daughter and sparked nationwide outrage. Safeway told Honolulu police last week that it won't press charges against Marcin and Nicole Leszczynski, company spokeswoman Susan Houghton told The Associated Press. The couple were arrested last week when Nicole, who is 30 weeks pregnant, ate a sandwich while shopping and walked out without paying.

Their daughter, Zofia, was taken away by state Child Welfare Services officials. She was returned to her parents 18 hours later. Karl Schroeder, a Safeway Inc. division president, called Nicole Leszczynski and "apologized for what she's been through," Houghton said.

Houghton said management followed routine shoplifting procedure by contacting police, but Safeway regrets not foreseeing that doing so would cause a child to be separated from her parents.



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