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Hot meat and a punch to the chest

If you didn’t know stolen meat was a common problem in the North Okanagan, you are not alone, neither did we.

According to RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk it is not rare for them to receive a call of meat being stolen from the local grocery store as well as a call of ‘hot’ meat being sold on the streets.

Molendyk says it’s a quick item they can grab a large quantity of and make a quick profit selling it on the street to support their habit.

On Saturday Jan 4, in afternoon, a Safeway security officer was punched in the chest trying to stop a 36-year-old Vernon man from taking off with $80 worth of cut meat.

The officer was initially able to subdue the meat thief and he called police, but the man was able to get free before the RCMP arrived.

Later that evening the suspect was seen entering a Nature’s Fare where he was found in possession of stolen items from there as well.

The two grocery stores worked together and were dealing with the suspect again when he punched the Loss Prevention Officer in the chest. All the stolen items were recovered.

He is now facing charges of theft and assault, as well as charges of failing to comply with an intermittent sentence order that he received in December.

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