Report: Maintenance men find Red's Ice House thief passed out in parking lot

Published: Jun. 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2014 at 6:03 PM EDT
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A Johns Island man is behind bars after maintenance men at a Red's Ice House found the 50-year-old man lying face down at the parking lot of the Mount Pleasant restaurant.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department charged Howard Anthony Grant with public intoxication and property crime enhancement.

On Saturday morning, police officers responded to Red's Ice House on 98 Church Street for a theft involving an employee.

When officers arrived they found a man, later identified as Grant, slumped over and sitting on the ground on the side of the business.

A witness, a maintenance man, said it all started when he was picking up trash at the restaurant's parking lot and saw Grant with a black bag.

Police say when the witness asked Grant what he was doing, Grant put the bag he was carrying in the back of the witness' truck.

The witness said he asked Grant to take the bag back into the restaurant, and when Grant refused, the witness grabbed the bag out of his truck and saw fresh ground beef and shrimp inside. According to police, the witness then notified a supervisor.

The supervisor reported when he arrived at the restaurant, he saw Grant lying face down on the ground in the parking lot. Authorities say the supervisor saw the trash bag filled with stolen meat and called police.

Responding officers said when they walked over to Grant, he was still slumped over, had slurred speech and had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him.

An officer said he tried to ask Grant a few questions, but the suspect was uncooperative.A police report states an officer had to help Grant to his feet since Grant was swaying and unable to keep his balance.

An investigation revealed that Grant was an on-duty employee of Red's who was attempting to steal meat from the restaurant.

Grant was originally charged with drunkenness and larceny, however investigators say the larceny charge was upgraded to property crime enhancement since Grant was convicted of receiving stolen goods in 2011 and possession of a stolen vehicle in 2012.

In addition, officers say they found five grams of a brown rock like substance inside Grant's wallet.

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