POSTED: Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 25, 2014 - 2:46pm
Lufkin, Texas (KETK) — Two men were taken into Lufkin police custody Wednesday after it was discovered the pair was attempting to sneak steaks out of a local business in their pants.
According to the Lufkin Police Department, shortly before 12:30 p.m., an officer on patrol near Brookshire Brothers grocery store in the 1800 block of West Avenue noticed what appeared to be a fight involving an employee and another man. When the officer reached the scene, employees had escorted the individual inside.
The manager explained to police he had approached an alleged thief, later identified as John House, 42, of Lufkin, in the parking lot after seeing him take steaks hidden in his pants out of the store. When the supervisor asked for the meat to be returned, House shoved the food at another employee standing nearby, pushed the manager and tried to run from the lot. However, they were able to detain the suspect and bring him into the building.
Once inside, House told the manager, "I'm gonna [censored] slap your [censored]" and slapped him in the face. The suspect then advanced toward the supervisor, but was stopped when he was punched in the chest by him.
While these events were unfolding, another alleged bandit ran from the scene, heading east from the store. A second responding officer began searching for the suspect, later identified as Emmitt Burney, 45.
In the 1500 block of West Frank Avenue, police located a person matching the thief's description running east along the road. He was ordered to stop and voluntarily did so. At this time, he admitted to being with House at Brookshire Brothers.
The officer questioning Burney learned he had been issued a criminal trespass warning days earlier on April 19 and arrested him on the offense. Authorities also found two packages of steaks in the suspect's pants.
House was booked into the Angelina County Jail for robbery.
Burney was transferred to the Angelina County Jail and charged with criminal trespass and theft. Due to two prior convictions of theft, his offense was enhanced to a state jail felony. His bail was set at $5,000.
The stolen steak was valued at about $80.