Police: Rock Hill man caught selling stolen steaks from Bi-Lo

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comNovember 22, 2013 

— A man who told police he had beers and cocaine earlier in the day was found outside a towing company trying to sell meat authorities say he stole from a Rock Hill Bi-Lo on Thursday, police say.

At about 2:50 p.m., police received calls about a man selling stolen meat outside of Workman’s Oil & Wrecker Co. on Saluda Street, according to a Rock Hill police report. When officers arrived, they found Melvin Dunlap, 43, of Rock Hill with eight rib-eye steaks. Dunlap claimed that he was not selling the food.

Police could smell on alcohol on his breath and he was “very belligerent” as officers tried speaking with him, the report states. Dunlap told police he had a few beers and used cocaine. Dunlap, police said, was argumentative and became “disruptive” when officers tried questioning him about the meat. He was arrested and charged with public disorderly conduct.

At about 3:30 p.m., an employee at the Bi-Lo on East Main Street told police that a man wearing a jacket and red ski hat stole eight rib-eye steaks worth $134 from the store, the report states. Police learned Dunlap was the culprit and charged him with shoplifting when he could not provide a receipt for the steaks.

Police returned the meat to Bi-Lo, where they it was disposed of since the steaks couldn’t be sold, the report states.

By Friday morning, Dunlap was still held at the Rock Hill jail on a $800 bond.

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