FONTANA - Shoplifting isn't anything new, but stuffing 13 pounds of steak into your jacket is certain to raise a few eyebrows.

Police say Jared Wilson, a 22-year-old transient, did just that on Tuesday and made his plight even worse by punching the manager at El Super Market.

Wilson never explained why he needed that much meat, police said.

"I've seen a lot of shoplifting with meat, but 13 pounds is a lot," Sgt. Robert Morris said. "He must have been fairly hungry."

Police received a report of the incident at 12:08 p.m. at the market at 16950 Foothill Blvd.

Wilson entered the store, approached the meat counter and ordered 13 pounds of boneless flat steak.

Morris said employees had seen the man in the store before and suspected him in prior thefts.

"The butcher called the manager and said this guy ordered a large amount of meat, which wasn't normal for a customer," Morris said.

When Wilson tried to leave without paying, the manager confronted him. Wilson swung at the manager, striking him in the shoulder, police said.

A couple of employees helped the manager hold Wilson on the floor until police arrived.

During the struggle, all the meat tumbled out of the man's jacket pocket.

Wilson seemed to calm down but started struggling again when an officer began putting handcuffs on him, police said.

Although store thefts are common, Morris acknowledged this incident was not.


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"Catching a meat-theft suspect is very rare," he said.


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