A Middleport man has been cited by Tamaqua police after a shoplifting incident at the Family Dollar Store on March 19.

Patrolman Peter Wysochansky was dispatched to 137 N. Railroad St. at 5:30 p.m. for a retail theft. A store employee reported that a white male had entered the store and proceeded to place two packages of beef jerky and a candy bar in his pants pocket. As he attempted to leave the store the clerk stopped him. He then took the items out of his pocket, gave them back, pushed the clerk out of his way and left the area in a teal Ford Mustang.

The employee was able to provide police with a license plate number, which came back to Joseph Rolenaitis, 19, of Main Street, Middleport. Rolenaitis was contacted and agreed to meet the officer for an interview.

The defendant admitted placing the items in his pockets but claimed he had every intention of paying for them and was just unwilling to use a basket for his items. He denied pushing the clerk.

He was cited for retail theft.