Meat moocher chased by grocery store worker
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Feb. 27, 2004 -- A 37-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested Tuesday afternoon following a brief chase by a grocery store employee who caught the man shoplifting nine steaks from the meat market at Piggly Wiggly.

When police asked the notably sweaty, winded man a few blocks from the store what was going on, the man replied, "I just did something stupid."

Personnel at Piggly Wiggly contacted police around 6:10 p.m. to report a shoplifter who had fled the store with numerous steaks and a store employee chasing him down Main Street.

The grocery store worker reported the alleged shoplifter to have last been seen on Main Street to Mulberry Street.

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Brad Horton went to Main Street and T.J. Alley where the store employee was waiting to give a description of the suspect. SSPD Officer Kenny Stillwagoner responded to the call from the square, locating a white man with a mustache and black coat in front of McKay's Music store on Gilmer Street.

Stillwagoner immediately noted the man "perfectly" matched the description and was also noticeably sweating and breathing heavily.

The man admitted to stealing the meat from the store, was placed in custody and taken to the sheriff's office, police reports state.

The store employee went to the location where the man admitted to dropping the meat while trying to jump over a fence near the store. The meat was taken back to the store and priced by the employee, who retained custody of it. At the county jail, the professed meat moocher was booked for theft for nine steaks valued at $57.11 and was issued a criminal trespass warning to stay away from Piggly Wiggly.

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