A suspected meat thief was caught on camera just before he stuffed hundreds of dollars worth of beef down his pants.
The theft happened at the Food Lion store on Highway 72, and according to the Loudon County Sheriff's Office, it wasn't the first time.
Managers suspected the man of stealing meat from the store before, so when they spotted him in the store, they went back and checked the security camera footage.
They saw the man walking into the store, pausing a moment to tuck his baggy pants into his shoes. Then he was seen selecting packets of meat from the display case, which he covered with paper in his cart. Detectives say later, the man stuffed the meat down into his pants, and walked out of the store.
On this trip, store managers said he took off with more than $300 worth of meat.
If you have any information about the suspect, you are asked to call the sheriff's office at 865-986-4823.