Sarasota man charged with stealing lamb chops from Walmart in Bradenton
BRADENTON -- A Sarasota man was arrested and charged with shoplifting Thursday after he allegedly stole lamb chops from Walmart, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
Robert Hasson, 55, was a vendor hired to work at the Walmart Supercenter, 5315 Cortez Rd. According to a probable cause affidavit, the arresting officer was advised by the retail store's loss prevention department that it had been watching Hasson because it just found out he stole from the store last week.
Employees watched Hasson on security video take several packages of lamb and conceal them under paper he was carrying, police say. According to the affidavit, Hasson then went to a back room, where he placed the lamb chops in Ziploc bags and then in Walmart bags. The lamb chop packaging was located in the garbage under paper, according to police.
Hasson exited the store with the merchandise, which totaled out to $21.84. A witness reported that Hasson was acting nervously.
Hasson was booked into Manatee County jail and held on $120 bond and released the same day.
Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.