Deputies: Meat thief found with drugs

Barbara Wanke

Barbara Wanke

An East Naples woman was found with drugs Thursday as Collier County sheriff's deputies stopped her for walking out of a Publix with a bag of stolen meat, according to an arrest report.

Around 4:45 p.m., loss prevention officers at Publix called deputies to report a woman walking out of the store, 4370 Thomasson Drive, without paying. The officer said Barbara Ruth Wanke, 48, went into the meat area, put several items inside a black satchel, then walked out of the store without paying for the meat.

Wanke was found with packages of bacon, sausage, ham, veal, pork chops, rib eye, porter house steak and ribs, for a total of $66.52, according to reports. Deputies also said they found a bottle of Tylenol pills with codeine that were not prescribed to her.

Wanke, of the 2300 block of Florida Avenue, faces charges of opium possession and petit theft. A man who was with her and helped steal the meat, Juan Acosta, 73, of an unknown address in East Naples, also faces a charge of petit theft, according to an arrest report.

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