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Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Seeking Meat Bandits


The next time you get an invitation to a barbecue where there's an overabundance of food, take a good look at the man behind the grill. Does he resemble one of the faces in the above surveillance photo?  If so, your chef for the evening could be a wanted man.

The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office has just issued a county-wide alert for the Meat Bandits!

That's actually the name given to the two unknown males that stole a whole lot of meat from a local food market in Royal Palm Beach.

According to Teri Barbera of the Palm Beach County Sherrif's Office, these two guys entered the ALDI food market at the 1100 block of N. State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach at 2 p.m. on June 30. While everyone else was stocking up on hot dog rolls and ketchup for a holiday barbecue, these guys went straight to the butcher section — and placed over $00 worth of meat into their back packs. The daring duo then just waltzed out of the store. 


Unfortunately Barbera says that there are, "no leads or additional information at this time", so  the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office is looking to the good meat-buying citizens of South Florida to help catch these brazen thieves. 

If these individuals resemble anyone you know, you're requested to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS. Though a reward isn't mentioned, we're sure the detectives on the case would probably spring for a pound of chuck or something out of gratitude.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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