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Stolen meat found after traffic stop in Bradenton

MANATEE — It took deputies about 22 minutes to locate and arrest Thomas Lackie after it was reported that he took two packages of steak from Publix, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The meat department manager for the store in the 7900 block of U.S. 301 North called law enforcement at 9 p.m. Thursday to report the missing meat. He stated he observed Lackie, 39, take the steaks and flee, according to an arrest report.

The manager described Lackie to a sergeant who responded to the scene, the report stated. The sergeant pursued Lackie but lost sight of him in the intersection of Old Tampa Road and U.S. 301 North.

Lackie was riding a bike, the report stated.

Lackie rode in front of a second deputy in the 8000 block of U.S. 301. According to the report Lackie, stopped pedaling until he was threatened with a Taser.

The steaks were found in Lackie’s bookbag, still in Publix wrapping.

Deputies also reviewed a surveillance video from Publix that showed Lackie inside the store with the steaks in his hand and exiting with no steaks visible, the report said.

The value of the meat taken was $30.71.

Lackie was in Manatee County jail Friday night, charged with resisting arrest without violence and petty theft. He is being held on a $1,950 bond.

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