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Meat Bandit Picks Pork Over Beef

Man reportedly shoplifts $36 worth of pork tenderloin from Shaw's last week, but drops several steaks on the way out the store.

Shoplifting suspect at Shaw's supermarket. Credit: Barrington Police Department
Shoplifting suspect at Shaw's supermarket. Credit: Barrington Police Department

A meat bandit who chose pork over beef at the Shaw’s supermarket in Barrington last Tuesday, Dec. 31, sparked an afternoon manhunt on the East Bay Bike Path.

The man, believed to be in his mid 40s with a mustache and wearing a blue coat and blue hat, reportedly stole $36 worth of pork tenderloin at around 1:47 pm. 

The man pulled several steaks out of his coat and dropped them when he was confronted by store personnel, said Barrington Police Chief John LaCross. He kept the pork.

The man reportedly fled on a bicycle toward Warren on the East Bay Bike Path. With a description in hand, Barrington police officers stopped two men on the bike path near New Meadow Road. Neither was arrested.

The officers also showed a photo taken by the store’s security camera to several Warren residents and a worker at a group home in Warren where they thought the shoplifter might live. No one could identify him.

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