Ormond-by-the Sea, FL – The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in the search to for two men dubbed the “beef bandits” because they have stolen at least $500 worth of assorted meats from the Publix in Ormond-by-the-Sea.
VCSO said the first heist happened on June 12 when they got about $300 worth of beef tenderloins and ribeye steaks. They bagged another $200 worth of items on July 9.
The pair have a system, according to video surveillance that shows them bagging the steaks then going down an aisle where there are no cameras and placing the items in a bright green ‘Daytona Beach’ bag.
They tried the same store last Saturday but were spotted by the store manager who asked them if they needed help. They told her they forgot their wallet in the car.
Both men are described as white males in their mid-50s. One is 5’6″ around 165 pounds with tan skin and dark hair. The other is about 5’9″ and around 190, has a tattoo on his upper left arm and sports a gray haircut in a Mohawk-style with a small ponytail.
Their vehicle is described as a greenish-blue, older model conversion van with a Marine Corps specialty plate and bandanas and other items hanging from the rearview mirror.
If you can ID them, contact DGonzalez@vcso.us or call 386-248-1777. To remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward, you can contact Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS or submit info through the website.