Police: Would-be beef bandit stuffed steaks in his pants
FT. OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -- Police in Fort Oglethorpe are trying to track down a man who tried to steal hundreds of dollars in steaks from a grocery store by stuffing them down his pants.
It happened at a Bi-Lo supermarket on Battlefield Parkway, just across from LFO High School.
"We've had approximately six reported meat thefts from various stores since the beginning of the year," says Jeff Holcomb, interim Chief for the Ft. Oglethorpe Police.
Holcomb says, believe it or not, beef can be a hot-ticket item to steal from a grocery store.
"It can be expensive, and it's easy to sell," he says.
But it is a recent case at a Bi-Lo on Battlefield Parkway that had officers raising an eyebrow. A store employee stopped a man as he ran out of the store, and it did not take long to answer the question: 'Where's the beef?'
"I've seen people stuff some things in their pants that you wouldn't believe over the years," says Holcomb.
It turns out the man tried to stuff $138 worth of steaks down his pants.
"People take whatever they think they can turn and make a dollar off of quickly and that's what they're going to steal. And if they have to stick it down their pants to get it out the door, they're going to do whatever they need to, to steal it," says Holcomb.
"One hundred and thirty dollars worth of steaks in his pants? Ridiculous," says Sandra Barbee.
Shoppers like Barbee pay more in the long run when beef bandits strike.
"I'd like to see what he had to hold all them steaks in there with. I bet he looked like a walking balloon." she says.
"I don't know if you'd say funny or stupid! There's something wrong with him," says shopper Kenneth Brock.
After the employee confronted the man, he emptied out his pants and took off. He is described as a black man in his mid 40s, around 5'8" and 150 pounds. He was wearing black sweat pants, a dark shirt and white hat. Witnesses say he drove off in a white Ford pick up with Tennessee tags.
"We're vigilant at trying to catch people who have perpetrated any crime in the city, this included," says Holcomb.
Last month a man was busted at Costco for trying to steal a bunch of steaks, but Costco decided not to pursue any charges.
As far is this case, police are still working with the store to pull surveillance video. If you have any information that could help, call the Fort Oglethorpe Police department.