FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A granddaughter was jailed after a reported fried chicken and orange juice heist at Wal-Mart, though store officials didn't want to press charges against her 74-year-old grandma found with three "western shirts" because of her age, a recently released Fort Pierce police report states.
The May 28 caper apparently began unraveling when a loss prevention official at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the 5100 block of Okeechobee Road got called about "a customer eating deli food by the back dairy section," the report states.
Using a closed circuit television system, the loss prevention official told police she located a woman identified as Lynn M. Burghart, 29, with a bottle of orange juice, a bag of fried chicken and a container of "mac & cheese," an apparent reference to the popular side dish macaroni and cheese.
Burghart reportedly downed the OJ and trashed the container before grabbing another bottle and starting to imbibe that.
"The suspect walked over to women's clothing and met with her grandmother," the report states.
Burghart reportedly gave the bag of fried chicken, which had an estimated value of $5.85, to her 74-year-old grandmother, who "concealed the bag of chicken on the side of her wheelchair."
Burghart allegedly secreted the orange juice in the rear of her grandmother's wheelchair and pushed the chair toward a front door. The loss prevention official stopped them as they exited through the grocery doors.
"Both subjects stated they stole the merchandise," the report states. "(The grandmother) also stated she had stole (sic) three shirts."
The western shirts were recovered.
Wal-Mart didn't want to prosecute the grandmother because of her age, the report states.
Burghart, of Fort Pierce, was arrested on a retail theft charge.
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