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Trail ‘meat thief’ charged with theft, drugs and weapon possession

Officer recognizes driver as the suspect in a recent meat theft
An accused “meat thief” is facing several criminal charges after stealing many pounds of protein. Photo: Kyle Mackie/Unsplash

An accused “meat thief” is facing several criminal charges after stealing many pounds of protein.

This arresting story began Thursday afternoon (Feb. 1) when the Trail RCMP received a complaint about a man who allegedly stole a large quantity of meat from a Waneta Plaza business located in the 1600 block of Marcolin Drive.

An officer attended the store and obtained video surveillance of the suspect. The still image was disseminated to other Trail area police officers.

Image of accused meat thief. Photo: Trail RCMP

The next day, just before 7 p.m., an officer was on routine patrol in downtown Trail when she observed a vehicle on Spokane Street that displayed a temporary insurance operating permit in its rear window. The officer reportedly observed that the permit was not properly displayed and appeared to be inactive.

She detained the driver and vehicle roadside.

The officer observed that the driver, a 37-year-old Trail man, matched the description of the suspect in the recent meat theft. The officer detained the man and another Mountie arrived on scene to assist with the investigation.

The officers reported they discovered a set of brass knuckles in the suspect’s possession.

He was arrested for possessing the illicit weapon.

Police report that a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded 27 grams of a substance suspected to be street drugs.

The man was taken into custody without incident and later released.

He is scheduled for a first appearance in the Rossland courthouse this summer. The man faces theft, drug, and weapon-related criminal charges.

“I think this guy now realizes his all-meat diet was bad for him,” says Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.

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