Courts & Crime

Career criminal tripped by shoplifting beef jerky

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A man police consider to be a career criminal hit five Rock Hill shops Monday night, stealing tools, flashlights, medicine and razors.

But it was the beef jerky he shoved down his pants that tripped him up.

Police are looking for a 47-year-old Lancaster man who eluded officers after a night of shoplifting. He is accused of stealing 134 items from Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Big Lots, CVS and Family Dollar.

"He's definitely not your typical shoplifter," Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn said. "Normally, a shoplifter goes into a store, steals a few items and leaves. They don't usually hit multiple shops and drive around with all the goods in the car."

Police received a shoplifting call around 4:15 p.m. Monday from the Family Dollar on Heckle Boulevard. An employee told police she noticed the man put beef jerky in his pants before leaving the store. She confronted the suspect, but he jumped into a 2000 Ford Taurus and fled, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

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