A gas station carry-out clerk called police Wednesday night about a man who stole a bottle of wine, stuffed it down his pants and took off on a riding lawnmower.
The man -- later identified as Paul Edward Grandberry, 56, 1200 block of Huntington Ave. -- was in the store at about 7:28 p.m., hid a bottle of wine in his pants and left, she told police.
Sandusky police arrived and found Grandberry riding the mower in the parking lot outside a Cleveland Road dollar store. He was stopped and Grandberry told police "he did not take any of the wine," but that he was "given" the bottle, which he removed from his pants, the report said.
Grandberry was handcuffed and charged with theft and voluntary intoxication. Meanwhile, a 45-year-old man stopped and told police the lawnmower was his and Grandberry had his permission to ride it.
He took the mower home while police took Grandberry to the police station.