Kathy Ehrich Dowd
July 18, 2014 06:45 AM

It’s often said that crime doesn’t pay. Yet Kevin Jarman is apparently a notable exception.

The Queens, New York, chef walked away from Brooklyn Federal Court $510,000 richer Wednesday after a jury awarded him the hefty settlement for breaking his ankle during a shoplifting arrest in May 2011.

Jarman, 50, claims police ridiculed him for falling down shortly after being cuffed for stealing a bag of shrimp (yes, you read that correctly) from a Pathmark supermarket.

“When I fell, they had a big laugh at my expense,” Jarman told New York’s Daily News after the verdict. “They were laughing out loud and they demeaned me.”

The alleged thief claims Sgt. Samuel Morales caused the injury when the cop pulled on the handcuffs while his foot was pressed against Jarman’s foot. The tug then caused Jarman to fall and break his ankle.

The cops then purportedly laughed at his plunge, and threatened to put the scene on YouTube.

This isn t Jarman’s only encounter with New York’s finest. According to the New York Post, he sued the cops again last November for a false drug arrest. The case was dropped and Jarman earned an additional $20,000.

Wednesday’s arrest allows Jarman plenty of cash to buy his own shrimp now, even if it leaves authorities scratching their heads.

“Some of these verdicts are just nuts,” a law enforcement source told the Post. “There’s no rhyme or reason to the figure they come up with. These guys are getting huge paydays, and for what? A broken ankle? Half a million? To a shoplifter? It’s getting out of control.”

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