Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Which is cheaper?

From The Eagle:

Police: Man says he stole to feed family

A 23-year-old Bryan man tried to steal food from a grocery store to feed his family, authorities said.

He was charged with theft of property worth more than $50 and less than $500, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000 and 180 days behind bars.

Bryan police said around 8 p.m. Friday, employees of the H-E-B Grocery Store off Villa Maria saw the man walking past the checkout with a basket full of food.

The man had placed some of the food items into plastic bags he had brought inside, and when employees asked he could not tell which register he used for checkout, according to police reports.

The food in his basket totaled more than $200 in value, police said.

After repeated questioning by police, officers said the man admitted to stealing and said he needed food for his family.

Police said he also had an outstanding warrant for theft out of Burnet County.

He was released from the Brazos County Jail on $3,500 bail Saturday.

To pay the $3,500 bond, you have to put down 10%, or $350, in this case. Couldn't come up with the money to buy food but found $350 to get out of jail? It's all about priorities.

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