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Fleeing thief fumbles meat

Published Oct. 4, 2005

The man walked into Winn-Dixie on Saturday afternoon, picked up a handbasket and headed straight for the meat department. But instead of reaching for prepackaged meat, he went behind the meat counter and put a 6.191-pound slab of beef tenderloin into his shopping basket, according to a Hernando County sheriff's report. Then he walked past cashiers at the store on 7351 Spring Hill Drive without paying. When a store official chased him, the man tried to stuff the meat _ valued at $55.59 _ down his pants. The man fled, dropped the meat in the parking lot and has not been found since, according to the report.

Charges filed in robbery

BROOKSVILLE _ Authorities have arrested two people accused of robbing a convenience store at knife-point this month. Police in Volusia County, north of Orlando, arrested Eric Lee Pelletier, 25, and Christopher J. Mahoney, 21, in connection with an armed robbery at the Shop N' Save convenience store in Brooksville. The two escaped May 19 from a work-release program in Maine, Brooksville police Detective Ron Woods said. Ormond Beach police arrested the two on outstanding warrants Thursday night. Ormond Beach police Chief Robert Stewart said the two acted suspiciously when a police car approached. When questioned by an officer, they gave conflicting stories and were arrested after authorities ran their names through a computer and discovered the warrants.


Scholarships listed in Monday's Business Digest were awarded by the Hernando County Business and Professional Women's Club. The wrong organization was given in the digest.