Investigator says FSU's Jameis Winston avoided store security
MAY 05, 2014 7:00p ET
Winston was cited and subsequently suspended from the Seminoles baseball team (for which he is the closer) until he completed 20 hours of community service after last week's incident at a Florida grocery store. He completed that service and was reinstated Sunday.
In a statement, Winston acknowledged he walked out of the Ocala Road Publix with an order of crab legs and crawfish without paying, calling the mistake a "moment of youthful ignorance."
But in the incident report released by the Leon County Sheriff's Office and first obtained by Tallahassee.com on Monday, a deputy states Winston appeared to intentionally avoid security on his way out of the store.
After viewing the Publix surveillance video, the deputy wrote that Winston paused in front of store security as an attempt to avoid walking past, the report stated:
"When Mr. Winston reached the front of the store, Deputy [Marc] Graves was visible in front of Mr. Winston. Deputy Graves was working a security detail in the store in an off duty capacity at the time of the theft. Mr. Winston paused visibly near a series of sale bins and allowed Deputy Graves to pass in front of him. The pause app eared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of Deputy Graves. Mr. Winston then walked behind Deputy Graves, passed all points of sale, and exited the store without paying for the merchandise. Mr. Winston did not approach any of the available checkout stands or complete any transactions in the store."
You can read the full report here.
According to the report, Winston then walked behind the deputy and past the registers without paying for his food.
The report states Winston took three pounds of crab legs, one pound of crawfish and a package of butter, valued at $32.72.
Winston told deputies he did not steal the butter, instead dropping it in a bin before leaving the store.