Rodney Fowler entered Walmart this week with a clean slate, and left it on possible shoplifting charges. The 43-year-old man was accused of the crime after it was revealed he was quite literally sitting on steaks, having stuffed them under his scooter seat and was trying to smuggle them out. News Max adds this Thursday, November 20, 2014, that this is reportedly the first time Fowler has been arrested for the illegal act.
In a head-scratching debacle, the Rodney Fowler Walmart theft has left the man being accused of trying to thieve several expensive steaks out of the store without paying for them. The man was slapped with shoplifting charges this week, with the attempted crime being observed by a Walmart loss prevention worker at one of the superstore’s South Carolina locations.
While the employee was on the job, Ms. Jackie Jenkins said she was shocked to see Fowler drive his scooter over to the meat section of the frequently crowded store. He then began to stuff several steak pieces beneath his big seat, and was apparently trying to use the motorized scooter — intended for handicapped individuals — as a resource in his shoplifting. He then sat on top of the steaks and began to zoom away.
According to Jobs and Hire News, the watchful employee said this Rodney Fowler Walmart “heist” was no simple affair. In order to try and avoid paying for the food, the 43-year-old obese man was described to try driving around on his scooter to avoid exit sale points. But his act was caught directly by the worker, and there was no escape for this wannabe food thief.
“[The] suspect sat on the steaks and exited the store passing all points of sale, without attempting to pay for said merchandise,” noted a police report. After being arrested for shoplifting, the suspect mentioned in the report was also said to be restrained. “Handcuffs were double-locked and checked for fit.”
The recently arrested meat stealer has become a viral story online in only hours. The suspect is said to weight over 350 pounds, and due to his large size, officers needed to use two separate pairs of handcuffs in order to verify that he was properly secured after being accused of the crime.
The Rodney Fowler theft should go to show that attempted crime, including shoplifting, does not pay in the end, concludes the press release. The 43-year-old man from South Carolina was brought into custody for several hours the day of the arrest before eventually being released later that afternoon from Spartanburg County jail. It has not been determined whether serious criminal charges may result or why Fowler was trying to thieve the food.