Store owner follows meat thief down street, Madison police say

Store owner follows meat thief down street, Madison police say
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A Madison man attempting Monday to make off down the street with stolen meat from a Mexican-American grocery store is facing charges, police said.

Madison police said an employee of Mercardo Marimar on South Park Street heard noises at about 6 p.m. coming from the behind the store, where a trailer with locked chest freezers containing meat is kept.

One of the locked freezers was found pried open, the report said.

The owner of the store saw a man pushing a cart full of 90 pounds of lamb up the street and followed him. After a couple of blocks, police arrived.

Kenneth B. McNeal Jr., 53, told officers that he wasn’t doing anything wrong, and that someone else told him to take the meat. McNeal fought with and spit at police, according to the report.

Officers reviewed surveillance store video and arrested McNeal on suspicion of burglary, criminal damage to property and discharge of bodily fluids at public safety worker.

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