ROCK HILL — Among the items police suspect three people of stealing from a Rock Hill Walmart is a $300 pot set bearing the name Paula Deen, a popular Southern celebrity chef currently under fire for racial slurs she said in the past.
On Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., announced that it ended its relationship with Deen-- the latest in a series of corporate sponsors who have pulled their endorsements with the “Food Network” star.
On Tuesday, police spoke with a loss prevention employee at the Dave Lyle Walmart who said three suspects accused of trying to steal shopping carts from the Tega Cay Walmart last week walked into the Rock Hill store the same day, according to a Rock Hill police report.
Surveillance video showed the three people, who are all on Walmart’s Organized Retail Crime Watch list, stash three Paula Deen pot sets worth $300; three T-fal pot sets worth $255; and one Keurig Brewer V500 coffee maker worth $169 in a shopping cart, the report shows.
The shoplifters pushed the cart to the produce section before leaving the store, the report states. The employee matched the identities of the suspects with the suspects from the Tega Cay Walmart.
The suspects are described two women in their 30s and one man who is 22. The man and one of the women live in Lancaster, police say. The man is 5 feet 10 inches and 145 pounds. The younger woman is described as age 36, 5 feet 5 inches and 135 pounds, while the other woman is described as 39 years old, 5 feet 2 inches and 170 pounds.
Police are still investigating.