SPRING HILL A 27-year-old Brooksville woman was arrested Wednesday after she tried to smuggle more than $200 worth of steaks out of Publix in an oversized purse, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
A loss prevention officer said he saw Jamie Hamby take 11 packs of steak and put them in her purse in the cereal aisle before walking out of the store without purchasing the meat, valued at $211.
Hamby ran to a car waiting for her in the intersection of Barclay Avenue and Spring Hill Drive. She was arrested at her Brooksville home on Kurt Street on charges of second degree larceny, second offense.
Hamby admitted to stealing the meat to pay for her “drug habit,” the affidavit said. She is being held on $750 bond.
Jail records show Hamby was arrested on charges of shoplifting in February, and the state is pursuing misdemeanor theft charges.
In 2010, Hamby was found guilty of retail theft and resisting a merchant.