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Men charged in Food Lion pork chop theft

Posted July 20, 2009

— Two Roanoke Rapids men face larceny charges after a sergeant with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office found stolen pork chops in their vehicle.

Sgt. R. Keeton stopped a suspicious vehicle on Bolling Road around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Keeton noticed several packs of Smithfield pork chops in the vehicle, and investigation showed they had been stolen from Food Lion.

Keeton arrested the vehicle's occupants, Jaquan Rashee Cheek, 19, and Keith Arrington, 30. They were placed in the Halifax County Jail under a $500 secured bond. Their next court date was set for Aug. 18.

According to state Department of Correction records, Cheek was placed on probation June 15 for a 2007 common-law robbery. Cheek was also put on probation for shoplifting in 2008 and later that year served a three-month sentence for two larceny convictions.

DOC records show that Arrington finished a year-long probation sentence for larceny in May. He was also convicted of misdemeanor breaking-and-entering in 2003.


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  • raysson Jul 20, 2009

    I swear this guy was around Durham at the local Harris Teeter.

  • raysson Jul 20, 2009

    Its not only Pork Chops they're stealing,but I've heard these fools would steal a whole roast from the store and sell it off for crack.....how stupid can you get these days????

    What is wrong with the young folks these days?

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  • seeingthru Jul 20, 2009

    go after the drug dealers etc---this is pure silly

  • LambeauSouth Jul 20, 2009

    They may have been hungry but went about it the wrong way. I believe some time in prison for 50 years would teach them a lesson.

    No, Mom sent them to get food. Figured they steal the food , pocket the cash and get some crack.

    That's my take on it

    Book'm Dano

  • bonnnie Jul 20, 2009

    Seems like some people never learn. Apply stiffer punishments or chop off their hands.

  • alwaysconcernedmom Jul 20, 2009

    Last time I checked, stealing was against the law. Hungry or not :)

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    They may have been hungry but went about it the wrong way. I believe some time in prison for 50 years would teach them a lesson.

  • GravyPig Jul 20, 2009

    "why on Earth would a cop zero in on pork chops and look into whether they were stolen?" - angimomma

    If there were alot of pork chops and none in bags or any bags in the car, then It would look suspicious. Also, I don't know how cool you are under pressure but I'm sure these guys were squirming or giving the officer something to look for. What did they do that was "suspicious"? Who knows, i'm sure there are lots of things you can do to look "suspicious".

    What it boils down to is this: A couple of knuckleheads did something stupid, and got caught for it. I think it is just too funny.

  • LuvMyLife Jul 20, 2009

    Hunger is a real and growing problem all over the world but these guys were old enough to go to work. If they didn't have such lengthy records, perhaps they could have gotten a better job than to ask - "would you like fries with that"? What they did was wrong and I do not feel sorry for them. I work a full time job, my husband works full time and part time so we can pay our bills. For those that feel compassion toward a thief, drug addict, murderer, rapist (the list goes on and on) - why don't you invite them to live at your house?