Florida Brother And Sister Steal Potato Chips

By: ABC News Email
By: ABC News Email

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Two Citra, Fla., siblings were arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft after police caught the pair with a van full of allegedly stolen Frito-Lay brand products.

Police said they spotted Darren Hagerman, 25, and Jessica Huggard, 22, Thursday evening pulling away from industrial area of Ocala, Fla., where many factories are located. The siblings were pulled over when police noticed a 2-year-old jumping around in the backseat of their vehicle, according to the the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

When an officer looked inside the car, he noticed it was packed with hundreds of bags of Frito-Lay brand chips, ABC Orlando affiliate WFTV reported.

"There were potato chips, and Cheetos, and pork rinds all over the van," Marion County Sheriff's Office spokesman Judge Cochran told WFTV.

Hagerman reportedly told the officer he and Huggard took the chips from a dumpster behind the Frito-Lay factory near where they were stopped as a way to make money, the news release stated.

While factory workers told authorities that the security gate was locked, police found that Hagerman had a master key that worked on the gate lock at the Frito-Lay plant, according to the news release.

Some Frito-Lay employees at the distribution center told WFTV that they've been chasing Hagerman away from the plant for years.

Both Hagerman and Huggard were booked at the Marion County Jail just before 12:30 a.m. on Friday morning. They were charged with burglary and grand theft, and their bonds were set at $10,000 each.

While Huggard bonded out, Hagerman remained in custody.

The toddler in the vehicle was given to a relative, the sheriff's office said.


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