SC man accused of shoplifting steaks, hidden in colostomy bag

David Earl Hoyt

WOODRUFF – A Woodruff man is under arrest after sheriff’s deputies say he stole five packages of steak from a grocery store, hidden in his colostomy bag.

The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s office charged David Earl Hoyt, 55, with shoplifting under $2,000. The theft was reported at a Food Lion on Highway 221 around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Two store employees say Hoyt placed five bags of ribeye steaks – valued at $75 – into the bag and left without paying. The employees identified the car and license plate of the shoplifting suspect as he left.

The incident report states store security video confirmed those accounts.

A deputy went to a home on Poole Street in Woodruff and found Hoyt’s Nissan parked outside. The incident report states that was the home of Hoyt’s girlfriend.

The woman told deputies Hoyt had shoplifted the steaks and placed them in his colostomy bag. Another deputy says after denying the theft at first, Hoyt admitted to shoplifting.

He was being held on more than $2,000 bail at the Spartanburg County Detention center as of Wednesday morning.

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