OKC Police Seek Armed, Meat-Plundering Shoplifter

Wednesday, July 23rd 2014, 2:58 pm
By: News 9

The search is on for a rogue grocery store employee. Oklahoma City Police say the employee pulled a gun inside the Crest store near NW 23rd St. and Meridian Ave., when he was accused of shoplifting.

Business has returned to normal at the store, and in the past couple of hours they have brought in extra security to make shoppers feel safe; all this after the manager caught his employee stealing merchandise.

“It happened so fast I didn't have time to think,” said Crest manager, Kevin Shoemake.

Shoemake didn't think he would be staring down the barrel of gun when he confronted an employee about shoplifting.

“I was surprised. He was good worker,” Shoemake said.

Shoemake says security cameras captured the employee stealing bags of meat from the store - and had been for two weeks.

“T-bone, New York strips, all the good meat and all the good cuts.”

At the end of the shift, Shoemake stopped the employee and searched his bag to find $250 of meat inside.

“At that point he pulled out a gun and said expletive this and took off running.”

Shoemake says it happened so fast most customers didn't realize the scene was developing.

Police searched high and low for the suspect, but did not initially find him

Police have the name and address of suspect because he had to provide all of his information when he was hired here. At last check, they haven't caught up with him, but it's just a matter of time.