Accused Iowa City Shoplifter Blames 'Someone Else' For Shoving Jerky Down Pants

By Lee Hermiston, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Police said they found a stolen bag of beef jerky stuffed down an Iowa City man's pants, but he claimed he wasn't the one that put it there.

According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers were at Kum & Go, 323 E. Burlington St., at 2:16 a.m. Saturday when they observed a man inside the store put something down his pants.

Police said the suspect, 18-year-old Asante L. A. Gilmore, then went to the counter and tried to pay for some Funyons and a Rice Krispie treat.
Gilmore's purchase didn't go through after his credit card was denied, and police said he attempted to leave the store without paying for the snacks.

Officers stopped Gilmore outside the store. Gilmore admitted to having more items down his pants and pulled out a bag of beef jerky. Police said Gilmore told the officers someone else put the jerky in his pants. The three treats were valued at $8.67.

Police said Gilmore appeared to be intoxicated and admitted to drinking one beer. However, a post-arrest breath test indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of .208 percent.

Gilmore was arrested and faces charges of fifth-degree theft and public intoxication.
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