PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Police have arrested a man they claim stole meat valued at nearly $3,000 from Safeway grocery stores.
Barry Trenell Sanders appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court Tuesday and was arraigned two counts of first-degree theft.
The investigation, conducted by Safeway Loss Prevention, started July 22, 2014 and ended Aug. 8, court documents state. Sanders was taken into custody Aug. 12 on a probation violation. The charges against him were filed by the district attorney’s office Tuesday.
The total loss to Safeway is $2,690.09, court documents state.
According to police, Sanders was caught on video stealing meat at the Safeway on Northeast Broadway, North Ivanhoe and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Police said they have evidence of at least 13 separate incidents in which Sanders stole meat between July and August.
Police said in a majority of the thefts, Sanders was concealing the meat within a shopping cart and leaving the store without paying.
The video Safeway has is able to “clearly identify” Sanders as the individual committing the thefts in each occasion, court documents state.
Sanders is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 27.