- Posted: 10:35 AM, September 30, 2011
The Spaniard, 20, was quizzed by security staff after he scoffed an Original Glazed ring treat from a Krispy Kreme cabinet at a Tesco store in the town of Altrincham, just outside Manchester.
De Gea was hauled up after being captured on CCTV helping himself to the treat, but escaped a penalty.
The sticky-fingered stopper, who is thought to be on £70,000 a week, wolfed down the donut in the magazine aisle.
But as he headed for the exit without paying, he was tackled by security staff -- one of whom spoke fluent Spanish.
They took the keeper, signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer in an £18.3-million deal, to the store's "stop and search" room and reprimanded him.
De Gea, who is regarded as the best young goalkeeper in Europe, strode into the Tesco Extra with two Spanish pals.
A source said, "They weren't very subtle. They swaggered in chatting loudly in Spanish. The security guards who monitor the CCTV watched two of them take a donut each out of the Krispy Kreme cabinet. Incredibly, they then appeared to try to leave without paying -- or buying anything else for that matter."
The source said that when challenged and ushered into the search room, de Gea did not seem to know what was going on and "looked pretty embarrassed."
A Tesco spokesman later said, "A customer was spoken to by our security team and the issue was resolved."
Police were not called and no further action was taken.
Tesco has a strict policy of a three-month store ban for alleged shoplifters.