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'I have meat in my shirt' officer told when frisking shoplifting suspect, police say

'I have meat in my shirt' officer told when frisking shoplifting suspect, police say

Cooke and Delph

Jason Cooke and Tina Delph

PORTAGE — Police came across a surprise Wednesday evening when they went to pat down a shoplifting suspect for weapons.

"I have meat in my shirt," 51-year-old Jason Cooke of Hobart reportedly told the officer.

During the weapon search, police said they recovered two packs of meat tucked into Cooke's T-shirt that were taken by him from the local Meijer store.

Also taken into custody on a felony theft charge on allegations of stealing candles from the same store was Tina Delph, 51, of Lake Station, who asked, "If I return the candles and promise to not go back can I go?"

Cooke and Delph who have a history of theft according to the new charge, were stopped by police in a vehicle at Willowcreek Road and U.S. 6 following a 6 p.m. report of a shoplifting at the nearby Meijer store, according to the incident report.

Police said they recovered 10 Yankee Candles, two ribeye steaks, one T-bone steak, two quarts of strawberries and other items totaling $441.

Gallery: Recent arrests booked into Porter County Jail


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Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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