A shoplifter in the US was caught with two live lobsters stuffed down his trousers.

Nathan Hardy was also found with two bags of jumbo shrimp and a pork loin at D'Iberville grocery store in southern Mississippi.

The hopeless thief tried to escape by hurling the pork at shop staff but he fell over while running away. 

The 35-year-old was arrested at the scene on Saturday.

Police Chief Wayne Payne told the Sun Herald: "In all my years in law enforcement, I've seen people shoplift steaks and all kinds of items, but never live lobster,"