Nacogdoches jury finds steak thief guilty

Robert Wade mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Robert Wade mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County jury has found a man guilty of teaming up with his wife to steal steaks from a Kroger store in 2009.

Robert Earl Wade, 55, is guilty of robbery, a second-degree felony. After the verdict was read, Wade decided to have District Judge Ed Klein sentence him. Klein will hold a sentencing hearing at a future date.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Nacogdoches Police officer responded to a complaint at the store, located at 3205 N. University Drive, on March 6, 2009. Officers learned that Wade's wife, Gwen Wade, had exited the store and sounded the alarm at the front door, indicating she had stolen something.

A store employee followed Gwen Wade out of the store to her car, but she would not roll down the window. At about that time, the alarm sounded again and the employee saw Robert Wade leave the store, according to the report.

The employee told him to go back into the store and as they reached the entrance, the report states, Wade pushed her into a stack of Coca-Cola boxes and ran out of the store and into his car and drove off.

Wade threw a package into the woods next to the store as he fled, the report states.

Police located the married couple a short time later and arrested them.

According to court records, Gwen Wade was convicted of robbery in November 2009 and sentenced to one year in county jail.

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