According to police, a man who is accused of shoplifting at a Middletown store told them that he wanted to go to jail because he is homeless and it is cold.

Police said they responded Sunday night, Jan. 19, to a shoplifting complaint from the Bob’s store on East Main Street in Middletown and the store manager told them the shoplifter had gone into the Dollar Tree store.

The 27-year-old man was in the women’s bathroom, so the police knocked at the door and found a pair of stolen shoes and the sweatshirt that the man was wearing in a trash bin after he opened the door, police said.

The man denied involvement, said police. Officers then found out what appeared to be crack, but cocaine tests were negative.

When the man refused to be fingerprinted, officers told him that he would be charged with a felony.

“Good, a felony guarantees I go to jail,” he said, according to the arraignment report.

The man was placed in a holding cell, charged with sixth-degree larceny, interfering with an officer, misrepresenting a substance as a controlled substance and failing to fingerprint. He was kept on a bond of $50,000 and was due in court on Jan. 21.

“You don’t get it, I want to go to jail. I’m homeless and it’s cold out,” the man said.

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