Accused Center meat thief runs to the wrong place

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A man, who police say stole many steaks from a Center grocery store, sought refuge at the wrong place Tuesday morning before his arrest.

According to Center Police Det. Joey Haley, David Lewis, 30, of Timpson engaged in a foot chase with police after it was reported he and another man stole $169 worth of steaks from Brookshire Brothers around 8:30 a.m. Unfortunately for him, he ran right to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, where he was arrested.

Haley said upon arrest, a couple steaks fell out of his pants.

Haley said a manager at the store reported that he saw Lewis and Justin Fulmer, 31, of Center, stealing the steaks on the store's surveillance system. He then called police and told him he saw Lewis going back into the store.

Police managed to find Fulmer in the getaway car just down the road from the store and arrested him without incident.

Another officer tried to stop Lewis as he was coming out of the store but he ran away, crossing U.S. Highway 96 and nearly getting run over, Haley said.

Haley said jail inmates working outside of the sheriff's office managed to stop Lewis, where he was arrested.

Fulmer was arrested on misdemeanor theft while Lewis is charged with the theft charge and a misdemeanor evading arrest charge.

The steaks were returned to the store. A manager at the store said the steaks were thrown away.

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