Thief swipes shopping cart full of meat from Kroger
Pittsfield Township police are investigating a theft Friday from Kroger when a man stole a shopping cart full of meat worth $150.
The man walked into Kroger, 3200 Carpenter Road, about 10:30 a.m. Friday and filled a shopping cart with meat, said Gordy Schick, deputy director of public safety. He then simply walked out of the store and loaded the meat into a silver 2002 Chevrolet four-door vehicle and drove away, Schick said.
“He literally loaded up a shopping cart with as much meat as he could put in the cart and left the store, passing all pay stations, then drove away” Schick said.
Schick said it’s a crime that doesn’t come around often, but Pittsfield Township police have investigated similar incidents at the same store in the past. He said one time someone stole a cart full of Budweiser beer, and another time someone stole a cart full of lobsters.
Such a crime is typically carried out by teams of 2 people, Schick said.
“One person is loading up the cart, and there’s a diversion that takes place to distract the people at the front by the check out,” he said. “The other person pushes the cart to a waiting vehicle.”
The suspect is described as a black man, in his 20s, about 5-foot-10 inches tall with a medium build. The model of the vehicle was not included in the police report, Schick said.
The answer to the obvious question — What is someone going to do with $150 in meat? — isn’t exactly clear, Schick said.
“It could be sold off at a bargain price for those interested in purchasing meat at a lower dollar amount,” he said.