Suspect tells police crack to blame for attempted theft of Piggly Wiggly's steaks

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 24, 2013 

A man was arrested and charged with shoplifting and drug-related objects Wednesday after attempting to smuggle steaks from Piggly Wiggly, according to a Columbus Police Department report.

Police arrived at the Piggly Wiggly on the 3700 block Saint Mary's Road at about 12:15 p.m. after receiving reports of a theft. On arrival, he spoke with one of Piggly Wiggly's butchers, who said she saw Clarence Stover, 55, attempt to leave the store with two steaks. She and the manager then attempted to stop Stover, who kicked the butcher in the left leg and tried to run. The manager pushed Stover to the ground and held him there until police arrived.

Both steaks were found down the front of Stover's pants. When police asked why Stover had attempted the theft, he allegedly said "the crack made (him) do it, you know how it is."

The butcher was bruised by the kick, leading to a battery charge. A crack pipe also was allegedly found in Stover's jacket pocket, leading to a charge of drug-related objects.

Stover was arrested and charged with the aforementioned charges. He was taken to Muscogee County Jail.

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