LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 49-year-old woman on a robbery charge in connection to allegations that she stole several packages of bacon from a grocery store and then bit one of the store's managers when he tried to stop her from leaving.
Patricia Sue Smith, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony robbery charge and a misdemeanor capias pro fine charge for no driver's license. Although a bail amount of $761 has been set for the misdemeanor charge, no bail amount has been set for Smith's robbery charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, an LPD officer took a robbery report from a manager at the Brookshire Brothers store located at 1807 West Frank Street on March 2. The manager told the detective that he was bitten on the arm when he tried to prevent Smith from stealing merchandise from his store, the affidavit stated.
The manager told the LPD officer that a woman, who was later identified as Smith, came into the store and selected several packages of bacon from a meat cooler, the affidavit stated. A store employee told the manager that the woman put the packages of bacon in her purse.
Smith allegedly passed by the register at the front of the store without paying. At that point, the manager followed her out of the store and tried to stop her from stealing the bacon, the affidavit stated.
"Smith became combative and refused to come back inside the store," the affidavit stated. "A struggle ensued, and [the manager] was bitten by Smith on the forearm."
After Smith got into a dark blue Ford Mustang, she left the store. However, someone at the scene got her license plate number, and further investigation by the LPD officer revealed that the car is registered to Smith, the affidavit stated.
Lufkin PD officers went to Smith's address, but they couldn't locate her or the Ford Mustang, the affidavit stated.
A Lufkin PD detective was assigned to follow up on the case on March 3. According to the affidavit, Smith called the detective and said that she took the bacon, but she was on drugs at the time.
"Smith stated that she did not like how [the manager] grabbed her," the affidavit stated.
Smith told the LPD detective that the Brookshire Brothers manager shouldn't have pushed her to the ground, the affidavit stated. She also allegedly claimed that was why she bit the man.
The LPD detective got a copy of the surveillance video from the store on March 9. Smith could be seen in the video going past the register without paying and hurriedly going through the front door. Later, Smith could be seen driving off in the Ford Mustang.
Even though the surveillance video didn't show the altercation between Smith and the store manager, multiple witnesses and Smith confirmed that the incident happened, the affidavit stated.