Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: Man busted for stuffing beef tongue down pants

December 3rd, 2014 by Staff

Puckett has an extensive arrest record in Volusia County. He is being held at the Volusia Co. Jail on a bond of $2,500.

(NBC6-MIAMI.COM) DELAND – Police in Florida say a Walmart shopper denied slipping $35 worth of beef tongue into his pants, but the telltale tongue told a different story.

DeLand police say 44-year-old Jason Puckett was charged last week with misdemeanor theft after a Walmart security guard spotted him slipping two packages of tongue into his waistband.

When the guard confronted Puckett at the store’s exit, Puckett denied stealing the packages and said he had put them back on a shelf.

But the guard told authorities Puckett then removed the tongue from his pants when he didn’t think he was being watched and ran from the store.

Jail records show Puckett remained in jail Tuesday. Bail was set at $2,500.

A public defender assigned to Puckett did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Puckett is no stranger to law enforcement. He’s got an extensive arrest record in Volusia County and has served four stints in the state prison system for convictions on a variety of charges including fraud, aggravated fleeing to elude, third-degree murder and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

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