Couple accused of Slim Jim, Pop-Tarts pilfering in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH, Fla. - Jourdan Keever thought it a "loving gesture" when her husband rubbed her back in the Vero Beach truck stop.

It might also be described as a criminal gesture as hubby William Keever apparently was preparing a Pop-Tarts and Slim Jim heist.

Indian River County Sheriff's officials unraveled the May 9 breakfast pastry and packaged meat crime after traveling to a gas station near the TA truck stop on 20th Street, according to recently released records.

The truck stop general manager told deputies he followed the couple after an employee indicated they might have engaged in some inappropriate appropriating.

Store cameras showed William Keever, 22, hiding things in a backpack his wife was wearing.

Jourdan Keever, 23, let the manager look through the backpack, where he discovered some Pop-Tarts and a Slim Jim.

The Pop-Tarts were of the Frosted S'mores variety while the Slim Jim was a 1.5 ounce Beef 'n Cheese mild product, a photo provided by the sheriff's office shows.

According to the Pop-Tarts website, Frosted S'mores Pop-Tarts have 200 calories per pastry and feature chocolate and marshmallow filling in a chocolate-frosted graham cracker crust.

That compares to Beef 'n Cheese Slim Jims, which "offer a double dose of awesomeness to treat your Male Spice Loss symptoms," the Slim Jim website states.

William Keever is accused of grabbing the backpack and running toward a wooded area. The truck stop general manager told him to stop, but he didn't.

Jourdan Keever thought it a "loving gesture" when she felt her husband "touching/rubbing her back/backpack area." She didn't know he was stashing victuals in her backpack.

Making someone an unwitting participant in a misdemeanor theft is not typically considered a "loving gesture."

Jourdan Keever was arrested and taken to jail.

A deputy later learned William Keever was trying to bail his wife out of jail. He was arrested and fessed up to putting the goods in his wife's backpack. He said she was unaware of the food filching.

William Keever and his wife, both listed as homeless, each were arrested on a retail theft charge, while William Keever also was arrested on a resist merchant without violence charge.

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