Fleeing suspect threw meat on roof

June 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla., June 2 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said they arrested a man accused of stealing a steak from a store and throwing it onto a roof when chased by a manager.

Port St. Lucie police said they were called to the Publix market in the 3200 block of Southwest Port St. Lucie Boulevard Monday on a report of a shoplifter, and a manager pointed out Daniel Schoetker, 43, who was running from the scene, TCPalm.com reported Thursday.

The manager told officers he recognized Schoetker from "past incidents" and the suspect ran when he spotted the manager coming toward him. The manager said Schoetker "reached inside the front of his shorts and pulled out some merchandise and proceeded to throw it onto the roof of Darwin Square."

The merchandise turned out to be an $11.13 top sirloin steak.

Schoetker was arrested and charged with retail theft. Police said he also had an outstanding warrant on a charge of writing worthless checks.

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