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Man wanted for stealing meat from Durham Kroger

Posted June 15, 2012

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— Durham police investigators are trying to identify a man who, they say, stole a large amount of meat from a Kroger last week and assaulted a store employee who tried to stop him from leaving.

It happened June 6 sometime after 9 p.m., police said, at the grocery store at 3457 Hillsborough Road.

The man fled in a gray Ford Focus but not before being caught on surveillance cameras.

Police say he is approximately 35 years old, stands about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs between 160 and 170 pounds. He was wearing a white long-sleeve shirt and jeans.

Investigators want anyone with information about who the man might be to contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4582, extension 29254, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

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  • 37 Jun 15, 2012

    No one steals vegetables.

  • storchheim Jun 15, 2012

    C-c-c, if you think you see a lot of elderly poor now, wait about ten years, when the 50+ crowd who lost their jobs and couldn't get hired again hit the aisles.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 2012

    Rachel - "...the pantries do have some food to give away-ever looked at the menu?"

    Much of that food is canned and goes quickly. Canned food is not necessarily unhealthy.

    Also, it's not unusual nowadays to find food pantries empty before noon each day.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 2012

    Rachel - We see the elderly coming in to the store counting coins to buy a can of soup. IMHO - that's shameful in this, supposedly the greatest country on earth.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jun 15, 2012

    Abbynork - "Everyone knows poverty causes crime."

    So does selfishness and stupidity and...

  • rachel Jun 15, 2012

    IMS1924-I work and pay for what I have-but working in health care, I see a lot of homeless folks-and drive past empty houses, alot of hungry folks and food sitting on store shelves because it keeps going up in cost and many people can't afford it, yes, the pantries do have some food to give away-ever looked at the menu? Lots of canned and powdered stuff, rarely any fresh food-which is healtiest.

  • mattcli Jun 15, 2012

    Yeah I'm sure he stole it to feed his starving family. And I'm sure him assaulting the employee was just him protecting his family too right? I wonder what the numbers are in the US for people who steal food to feed their family compared to those who steal for other reasons. I'm gonna bet the odds tilt wildly toward the latter.

  • abbynork Jun 15, 2012

    Everyone knows poverty causes crime. Everyone.

  • ims1924 Jun 15, 2012

    There are several places in Durham that give away food. This guy is nothing but a theif and I doubt that the economy has anything to do with his actions. This guy has probably been stealing since he was old enough to run. RACHEL/ Call it what you want but it is still stealing and if you buy from that store you are helping to pay for what was stolen.

  • rachel Jun 15, 2012

    we will see more of the behavior as the effects of the economy worsen. To a degree, it is an embarassment for there to be homes standing vacant and families on the street, food in stores and people going hungry-although I do see the need for commerce, if there sits a steak and the man's family is hungry-why are these two things not together? Is it truly a crime to take food? Maybe, but I would love to know the circumstances here.

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