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Suspect in sailor's death arrested

A white supremacist wanted in the fatal shooting of a black sailor in Florida was arrested Tuesday after stealing $3 of groceries, police said. George David Loeb, 34, and his wife, Barbara, were arrested at about 5:30 p.m. at a grocery store in this town about 70 miles north of New York City, according to Town of Poughkeepsie police.

Loeb allegedly assaulted a security guard who caught them stealing a pack of cold cuts priced at $3.35, police said.

A computer check at the station revealed that Loeb was wanted in Neptune Beach in the slaying of Petty Officer 3rd Class Harold J. Mansfield Jr., 22, on May 17. Mansfield was a black sailor on the USS Saratoga in the Persian Gulf, police said.

Police were investigating whether a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun found in Barbara Loeb's handbag after her arrest was the weapon used in the Florida slaying.

George Loeb was charged with petit larceny and third degree assault for Tuesday's incident. He was additionally charged as a fugitive from justice for the state of Florida.

Barbara Loeb was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of a weapon.

No arraignment date had been set Tuesday night.

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