KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The owner of the Round Up Restaurant in South Knoxville was charged with felony theft after the Knox County Sheriff's Office said the owner bought stolen meat and sold it.
KCSO said a search warrant was executed at the restaurant just after 2 p.m. Wednesday. The owner, 57-year-old Sam Tobea of Knoxville, was charged with felony theft. He will be held in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.
Officials said Tobea was accused of buying stolen meat from drug addicts.
The investigation into the matter began after two people were arrested in August for shoplifting meat from an area grocery store. When they were questioned, they admitted to stealing and selling the meat to the Round up and agreed to help KCSO in the investigation.
Undercover officers sold meat they said was stolen to Tobea, and officers on the scene Wednesday afternoon recovered some of that meat.
The investigation also found that it was not uncommon for the stolen meat to stay in the shoplifter's vehicle for up to a day before it was sold to the restaurant.