Community service officer accused of swiping steak from Piggly Wiggly

A North Charleston police community service officer is accused of trying to steal a steak from the Meeting Street Piggly Wiggly supermarket on the peninsula today.

David Weston Crane, 56, of Sumner Avenue in North Charleston, is charged with shoplifting, police said.

Officers were called to the supermarket at 9 a.m. to investigate a report of a man trying to swipe an $11 flat iron steak, police said. Store security told officers told police Crane was seen inspecting two packages in the meat department and only returning one to the shelf, an incident report stated.

Security officers confronted Crane after he left the store and got into his car, a police report stated. They found a package of steak inside his jacket, police said.

North Charleston police placed Crane on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case, police spokesman Spencer Pryor said. He has worked for the department since September 2008, he said.

Crane is not a sworn law enforcement officer. Community service officers handle tasks such as providing roadside assistance to motorists and taking reports for minor traffic accidents, Pryor said. They do not have arrest powers.

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