Police: There could be hundreds of victims in meat theft ring - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police: There could be hundreds of victims in meat theft ring

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say hundreds of people could have bought steak from a thief who stole the meat from local grocery stores.

Christopher Webber was arrested last week and faces one charge of leading an organized crime ring. Prosecutors say they plan to file additional charges.

Surveillance video from two grocery stores show the man loading a shopping basket with rib eye and t-bone steaks before walking out of the store.

Security guards estimate the group stole at least $150 worth of steak each time they went to the store.

Police say in some cases he stuffed the steak in his pants to conceal the meat.

Webber and his associates sold the meat to unsuspecting people they met in bars and on the streets of Spokane.

Police worry the meat was not properly refrigerated and increased the risk of food borne illness to people who bought the steak.

Detectives are looking for victims who bought the steak from Webber or his associates. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check: 456-2233

- Anthony Gomes
KHQ Local News

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