Stolen meat found hidden underneath a car in the Kroger parking lot led to the arrest of 24-year-old Ashley Strawn Sunday afternoon.
According to reports from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to the grocery store on Ga. Highway 20 regarding shoplifting after a customer told a store manager she saw "some meat in a baby blanket underneath a maroon Cadillac in the parking lot."
When the store managers went outside they did indeed see the meat under the car. Unwrapping the blanket they found six packs of filet migion (a value of $106) from the store hidden under the car. They recovered the meat and decided to watch to see who went to the car. Less then a minute later they saw a black male come out of the store and try to get into the car. However the vehicle was locked. The black male walked over to a white male sitting on a bench to get the keys. When he returned the managers confronted him and found more merchandise from the store in a diaper bag inside of his grocery cart.
Deputies spoke with Strawn who reportedly told them she "never touched any of the merchandise." She said the black male took all of it and never told her what he was doing and that she just pushed the buggy.
The cameras, however, showed deputies that the black male walked up to the meat counter but that Strawn picked up several packs of meat and placed them in the buggy, then walked out the doors of the store. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where she was charged with theft by shoplifting.
Along with the steaks, authorities also found a $3 Red Bull energy drink, $7 worth of apple drink mix, $11 worth of Kool-Aid mix, $4 worth of Country Time mix, $8 worth of Downey and $2 worth of baby wipes with their property.