BY: John Mamola
Could the theft of crab legs by Heisman Trophy Florida State quarterback have been intentional? According to a Leon County Sheriff's Department report based off surveillance video from a Publix in Tallahassee, the report states that Jameis Winston appeared to avoid in-store deputies when he was issued a citation for shoplifting.
Winston stated he told deputies he forgot to pay for the $32.72 worth of crab legs and crawfish the evening when deputies came to his residence after he had left the store.
However, the report says Winston stopped his path on the video when he saw a deputy in the frame.
The deputy, who wrote the report based on viewing the Publix surveillance video, then said Winston then came back in the store, collected his seafood and went to the dairy aisle and picked up a package of butter.
As he was leaving the store, Winston appeared to pause in front of a Leon County deputy who was working in-store security detail at the time. The pause, the incident report said, appeared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of the deputy. He said Winston then walked behind the deputy, past all registers and out of the store.
A Publix employee told deputies he noticed Winston walk out of the store and assumed he hadn’t paid for his purchase since he didn’t have a grocery bag. He and his manager watched Winston walk out of the store because they thought he was grabbing a shopping cart. They soon realized Winston walked out without paying when he didn’t return.
Florida State suspended Winston from the baseball team after the citation, and was reinstated after completing 20 hours of community service.
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