KINGSTON, MASS. (WHDH) - Stop & Shop workers picketing amid an ongoing union dispute helped police nab two shoplifting suspects in Kingston on Monday.

Officers responding to an 11:15 a.m. report of two people trying to leave the store with carts full of groceries that hadn’t been paid for arrested Todd Roberts and Amy Sullivan after they were caught with approximately $580 in stolen merchandise, according to Kingston police.

The initial call came from workers on the picket line.

“I saw this guy come out in a carriage (with) no bags. He loaded the carriage. Even on the top, he had bacon. So I knew he stole it,” said Joe Graziano, a front-end manager at Stop & Shop who was picketing at the time of the incident.

“I can’t let someone steal from us,” he added. “It’s just not right.”

In a statement, Stop & Shop said: “We are glad to see that despite the current work stoppage, our associates took action and notified police of the theft occurring at our Kingston store.”

Roberts and Sullivan were released on personal recognizance following their arraignment in Plymouth District Court on charges of shoplifting merchandise valued above $250.

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