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Juice Leads to Steak Theft Suspect

August 3, 2002

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SAN ANDREAS, California (AP) _ Authorities said they followed a trail of meat juice to a woman suspected of stealing a steak from a neighbor’s barbecue.

Calaveras County authorities arrested Lindsey Blackledge for allegedly stealing the steak off the outdoor grill when her neighbor wasn’t looking.

A woman called authorities Wednesday evening saying turned away from the grill briefly to find her meal gone.

``It had been stolen and a trail of meat juice was followed up to the next door apartment,″ said sheriff’s deputy Blain Smith.

The deputies found the partially cooked meat on a bathroom counter in the apartment occupied by Blackledge.

Blackledge was arrested on suspicion of receiving stolen property and having an outstanding warrant for allegedly stealing stolen property in an unrelated case.

The steak never made it back to the grill.

``I doubt if it was returned and I don’t think they booked it in evidence,″ Smith said.

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