PORTSMOUTH (ME) — A city teen is being held in the county jail on $10,000 cash bail for the alleged theft of a can of Cheez Whiz.
Kyle Ware, 18, of 1 Winsor Road, was arrested Thursday on a count of unarmed robbery alleging he stole the can of spray cheese from the Woodbury Avenue Market Basket.
According to an affidavit by Officer David Colby, at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, Ware went to the supermarket where he was previously employed, put a can of Cheez Whiz in his cargo pants pocket and began to leave without paying. Several employees chased Ware to the front of the store, where one of them tackled him and held him in a headlock until police arrived, according to the affidavit.
Police reviewed video surveillance at the store and saw Ware take the cheese, then run from the employees, according to court records. Arraigned Thursday in Portsmouth District Court, Ware was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail and to get a job within 14 days.
His criminal history was a factor in Judge Sawako Gardner's bail decision. In June 2008, Ware was sentenced to serve 30 days of a 12-month sentence for threatening an 11-year-old girl with a knife in a Gosling Meadows playground. His plea was an admission to threatening the girl after she intervened on behalf of other children he was harassing.
He was court-ordered to remain of good behavior for two years or the 11-month suspended sentence and a suspended $2,000 fine could be imposed. He was also banned from the Gosling Meadows playground, ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family and to not possess any weapons for two years.
Police allege Ware had a knife in his pocket at the time of his Thursday arrest. His adult criminal history includes a Feb. 11, 2008 conviction for vandalism at a city school and Newington police have a pending shoplifting charge against him. Ware is scheduled to return June 16 to the district court for trial.
— Elizabeth Dinan