Police need help identifying meat thief

OKEECHOBEE — A police investigator is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who tried to steal over $230 in meat from the local Walmart store.5

Detective James Pickering, of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), is seeking the identification of a large white male who was captured on store surveillance video on Sunday, March 6.

The detective said the man drove away from the store in what appears to be a green Chevrolet pickup truck with a chrome toolbox in the bed of the truck.

According to the detective’s report OCPD Officer Cesar Romero was sent March 6 to the store around 11:30 p.m. regarding a theft.

The white male walked into the store, selected an empty buggy then went to the meat display where he began to fill up the buggy, stated the detective. The suspect then walked to another part of the store where he “grabbed a laundry bin” then put the meat into that bin, the investigator added.

Detective Pickering said the suspect then walked out of the store without paying for the $230.50 worth of meat he had in the bin.4

When a loss prevention officer approached the suspect and asked for a receipt, the suspect said his wife had the receipt. The suspect then went back into the store — supposedly to find his wife.

But when the loss prevention officer realized the man was not going to return, he went inside to look at store video. The officer watched as the suspect left the store via the garden center.

“He (the suspect) walked to the Home Depot and called a taxi,” said Detective Pickering. “He had the taxi drive him to the Walmart parking lot, where he got into his vehicle and left.”

Meat thief suspected vehicle.

Meat thief suspected vehicle.

If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact Detective Pickering at 863-763-5521.

Eric Kopp is a staff writer for the Okeechobee News

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