A suspected meat thief was arrested Wednesday night after he was spotted carting around a shopping cart full of stolen beef, Seattle police said.
Around 11:15 p.m., an officer was driving down Rainier Avenue near South McClellan Street when he spotted a 50-year-old man pushing a shopping cart full of meat down the street, police said. The officer pulled up alongside the man and asked what he was doing pushing around the meat in the middle of the night.
The man explained that he was taking the steak and ribs to a friend’s house, according to police. A second officer went to a nearby QFC supermarket, where employees confirmed the suspect had just left the store without paying for 13 packages of meat.
The store employees had to discard the $263 worth of meat because it had been removed from the store, police said.
The man was booked into the King County Jail, where, as a police account notes, “he will undoubtedly face a good ribbing over the incident.”