A Winn-Dixie grocery store in DeLand, Volusia County, Florida, lost $361 in meat products and a container of bleach after a woman and an accomplice stole the items from the store in a cold and disturbing way.
A Winn-Dixie manager noticed a woman, 48-year-old Doris Rowe, stuffing meat and other products down her pants as she walked through the store. According to the Associated Press, as Rowe tried to leave the Winn-Dixie grocery store, the manager stopped her and confronted her about the stolen grocery store items.
Rowe hit the manager in the neck several times and accidentally dropped some stolen items in the process: pork ribs, two packs of detergent, and three water filters. She then fled to the parking lot with the rest of her stolen items and literally jumped head-first into a truck with her accomplice, 54-year-old Kenneth Edwards.
Once inside the vehicle, Rowe began pulling steaks and other meat out of her pants, according to police reports. She had other stolen items shoved down her pants, too, and discarded these as well inside the truck.
Edwards left the area but was pulled over by deputies not very far from the Winn-Dixie. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, when deputies searched the vehicle, they found.
- five ribeye steaks valued at $123.24
- two 3-pound packs of ground beef valued at $23.94
- four packs of bacon valued at $43.99
- two packs of pork ribs valued at $31.09
- a $2.49 gallon of bleach
Edwards denied knowing much about Rowe’s intentions to steal the food, but he did say Rowe came over to his home, 26 miles away from the Winn-Dixie store, and asked him to take her to the store. Instead of going to a closer store, he did drive to the Winn-Dixie specified.
After they were arrested, officers were able to piece together the story to understand how the robbery at the Winn-Dixie unfolded, although Rowe’s statement was taken from the report and not included. It is unclear why this statement was not included in the final police report.
The total of all products stolen, most of which was meat, came to $361.31.
Both Rowe and Edwards were charged with grand theft and robbery, and were being held in the Volusia County Jail on Wednesday. The two were being held on $20,000 bail each.
It is unknown whether the manager of the Winn-Dixie suffered any injuries as a result of the alleged attack from confronting Rowe about the stolen products at the store.
[Photo by the Daytona Beach News-Journal]