Judge gives Kroger steak thief 2-year prison sentence

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

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County district judge has sentenced a Nacogdoches man to two years in state prison for his role in stealing steaks from a Kroger grocery store and injuring a store employee.

A jury found Robert Earl Wade, 56, guilty of robbery following a trial in March. Following the trial, Wade chose to allow District Judge Ed Klein to decide his punishment.

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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