JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro police officer searching for a suspected shoplifter Tuesday night just had to follow his nose.
Jeffery Scott Robinson, 38, was arrested at a home in the 1400-block of Broadmoor after police say he had a bar-be-cue with chicken he stole from Cash Saver.
According to the initial report, Robinson went to the store at 7:45 p.m. and stole a package of chicken, a bag of oranges and a package of bottled water.
A cashier observed Robinson push a cart with the items out to the parking lot without paying, the report stated.
She followed Robinson and wrote down the description of his vehicle and license plate number.
After the cashier "positively identified" a photo of Robinson, Officer Blake Easley went to Robinson's home.
When he arrived, Easley stated he "could smell the strong odor of BBQ coming from the back of the residence."
The report stated Easley found Robinson grilling chicken in the backyard.
When asked where he got the chicken, Robinson initially told Easley he "got it out of the fridge," the report stated.
After the officer said he "knew the truth," Robinson reportedly admitted he had stolen the chicken from Cash Saver "because he was hungry."
Easley placed Robinson into custody then spoke to the homeowner who said Robinson had called his father asking for money to go "to Tunica to use his free buffet vouchers," according to the report.
The man stated Robinson's dad refused to give him the money.
Easley reported he then spoke with Robinson's girlfriend who stated she knew he "went to steal the food, but didn't ask any questions."
The woman also reportedly stated "they were hungry and his parents refused to help."
She also said that neither of them can get jobs because they are felons and they have been denied food stamps, the report stated. She said "they go to the food bank once a month and get a small amount of food."
Easley called Cash Saver about the food and was told to "just leave it there."
The officer then transported Robinson to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was left in lieu of a $770 surety bond. Robinson is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.