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Serial steak stealer strikes stores in Delhi

Leroy Owens (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Leroy Owens (Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
DELHI TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

A serial steak stealer is striking stores in this western Hamilton County suburb.

Leroy Owens, 27, is accused of stealing the savory red meat from various two Delhi grocery stores on at least five different occasions this summer.

He most recently was arrested Wednesday night after fleeing the Kroger store on Delhi Road twice that day with more than $200 worth of steaks, court records show.

Last month, Owens was banned from Remke Market on Delhi Road after store workers told police he took hundreds of dollars in steaks on three occasions.

Still, he returned to the store on Aug. 1 and was promptly charged with criminal trespassing.

In all, Owens now faces five counts of theft.

He has a 2014 receiving stolen property conviction. He had more than $3,000 in stolen jewelry and posted pictures of it to Facebook, records show.

Thieves who steal food items such as pricey cuts of steak typically resell them on the street for fast cash to feed a drug or other substance abuse habit, police say.

"It's not common for us to have people who are hungry steal steak. They would steal things they would easily eat if they were truly hungry," said Lt. Joe Macaluso.

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