Police suspect serial steak swipers have struck at yet another Strack & Van Til in a streak of meat thievery in the Region.
Two females were caught on store cameras stealing multiple packages of steak from the Schererville Strack & Van Til, Schererville police Cmdr. Jeff Cook said. They stole the steaks on July 30 and left in a white van.
Cook said police believe at least one of the suspects are involved in similar thefts at other Strack & Van Til stores in Northwest Indiana.
"I think a few of them are involved with doing this in different locations," Cook said. "If it is the same group, it looks like there's a pattern, so we thought we'd get the word out."
At 10 a.m. on Aug. 29 police said two women stole $70 in steaks at the Strack & Van Til in Hobart by concealing the meat in their handbags. The women went to the meat department separately and selected two steaks each, stashed the meats in their purses and walked down separate aisles.
The two women exited the store without paying and left in a dark-colored GMC SUV, police said.
As the search for the thieves continues, police ask the public to come forward if they recognize these individuals.
Cook said while it's not yet known whether there is actually a ring of people hitting different grocery stores in a series of steak heists, it's possible.
"... But it is kind of an odd thing to steal," Cook said. "It's hard to say what the circumstances are right now."
Anyone with information on the suspects can call Detective Dave Nangle at 219-322-5000, ext. 2326 or Detective Commander Jeff Cook at 219-322-5000, ext. 2310.