The Edmond Sun

January 24, 2013

Police seek serial crab leg theft suspect

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect with an appetite for crab and steak.

Spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the Edmond Police Department has received a report about a man who on two occasions has stolen crab legs and steaks from an Edmond grocery store.

“He attempted it a third time, but was scared off and left the store without the merchandise,” Monroe said.

The total amount reported stolen is estimated at $1,500, Monroe said.

At about 8:50 a.m. on Jan. 15 Edmond Police Officer Kendall Miller spoke with an unidentified person about a reported larceny at Homeland, 1151 N. Bryant Ave., according to an incident report filed by Miller that was released Thursday.

The reporting party said an Hispanic or Native American male came into the store at about 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 13, Miller stated. The male was wearing jeans, a gray jacket and a ball cap, the report stated.

Miller stated that the male got a shopping cart, went to the meat department and loaded several packages of crab legs and other meats into the cart. The male then pushed the cart to the exit and left the store without paying, the report stated.

Another unidentified person said the same male entered the store at about 1 p.m. on Jan. 14, got a shopping cart, went to the meat department, loaded several packages of crab legs and other meats into the car and left without paying, Miller stated.

During the Jan. 14 incident, the original reporting party observed the male leaving the store and followed him outside, Miller stated. She watched him finish loading the meat into a newer white Dodge Charger or Avenger and leave; a second person was driving the vehicle but the reporting party was unable to get a description, the report stated.

The Edmond Police Department released three surveillance images, two of which show the suspect in the store with a shopping cart and a third containing the aforementioned vehicle.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Edmond Police Department at 359-4447. | 341-2121, ext. 108