Lufkin man slapped with felony charge over $3.88 turkey leg

Craig Callaway (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Craig Callaway (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man faces up to ten years in prison after police say he stole a turkey leg valued at $3.88 from HEB Thursday afternoon.

What normally means a misdemeanor is enhanced to a felony for Craig Martin Callaway, who has three prior theft convictions.

According to the police report, officers were dispatched to HBE, located at 111 N. Timberland Drive, at 1:38 p.m. One of the officers saw an employee waving and pointing at Callaway and told him that he had just stolen a turkey leg. The officer looked in Callaway's sack and saw the turkey leg. The employee said he saw Callaway pick up a beer in the store, then walk to the deli and pick up a turkey leg and placed it inside his jacket. He then walked to the checkout counter and paid for the beer but not the turkey leg, the employee said.

When the employee confronted Callaway, he said Callaway removed the turkey leg and placed it in the sack with the beer.

One of the officers looked at the receipt and it showed the beer purchase but no purchase for the turkey leg, according to the report. When confronted about the lack of a receipt for the turkey leg, Callaway said a woman inside the store bought it for him, according to the report.

Callaway began a one-year jail sentence in August of 2012, following a plea of guilty for a previous theft which had been enhanced to a felony, due to it being his third conviction.

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