Is That A Steak In Your Pants

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Friday, May 13, 2011 - 3:46pm

Couple arrested for stealing meat...in their pants.

Police in Chickasha, Oklahoma are working an unusual case after a rash of meat thefts from area grocery stores.

Investigators say it has happened several times, but now they believe they have caught the suspects.

They believe the duo has been shoplifting for some time and were often wearing the same clothes each instance.

However, where they were hiding the merchandise may have been more of a giveaway during the latest incident.

Police say 39-year-old Dan Beal was hiding meat they say he had stolen from the Chickasha Wal-Mart Super Center in his pants.

Authorities say store security was keeping a close eye on Beal and his shopping companion, 42-year-old Bridgette Pugh, after the two entered the store for the third time that day.

Investigators say Pugh managed to stuff several rib-eye steaks inside her purse.

Beal denied stealing anything, but police say Pugh ratted him out.

"As we're driving to the jail, she tells me that he stuck them in the front of his pants," Officer Gillian Rainey said.

Police say they believe the couple have been stealing meat to sell for quite some time, but they have not had enough evidence to arrest them until now.

Both Pugh and Beal were arrested and are now facing several charges.
 

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