Accused Fort Pierce beef stick swiper stuck in jail following pants shenanigans

A Tennessee man accused of sticking "beef sticks" inside his pants at a Fort Pierce Wal-Mart and swiping them was arrested, a recently released affidavit states.

An "asset protection" official July 9 told Fort Pierce police that Kenneth Mitchell Brewer, 48, picked out two packages of Jack Link's Beef Sticks and put them inside his pants.

Brewer kept shopping and paid for his grocery items at the store in the 5100 block of Okeechobee Road, but apparently failed to lay out the cash for the beef in his pants. The value of the items is listed as $8.54.

In addition to sticks, Jack Link's Beef Jerky -- the "No. 1 U.S. meat snack brand" -- also offers items including steaks, nuggets and "portion control snacks," its website states. It's unclear whether those can be hidden in pants, be they shorts, capris, jeans or slacks.

The story behind Jack Link's Beef Jerky is an "American classic," according to a newsroom section of the website.

"An immigrant travels West in search of opportunity, carrying with him his family's treasured sausage and jerky recipes," the site states. "He settles in the rugged Midwest, where a three-generation tradition in the meat business begins."

The affidavit did not indicate what happened to the beef sticks, though Brewer was taken to jail on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

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