LITTLE ROCK, AR – A truck full of hams stolen out of South Carolina were found in Little Rock Thursday morning. The man found in possession of the stolen hams is the same person suspected of driving his semi-truck into another car Tuesday during a dispute with another man about a woman, according to police.
Little Rock Police found two men unloading the hams from a trailer into a SUV in an empty lot on Chicot Road Thursday morning. According to the police report, Robert Lee said the cold unit on the truck was not working and he was transferring the meat to cold storage.
During the investigation, police learned the product belonged to Smithfield Hams. The company says the hams in question were picked up in South Carolina on November 13th and supposed to be delivered in Miami two days later. Police say the value of the load is about $42,000.
The Arkansas Department of Health warns anyone who may have bought hams from this truck, located at 10016 Chicot Road, to discard them immediately. Since the product was stolen, ADH can’t verify that the food is safe to eat.
This isn’t Lee’s first encounter with Little Rock Police this week either. On Tuesday, Lee is suspected of using his semi-truck to ram a pickup truck into a building on Wright Ave
. According to police, Lee rammed the truck then drove off, abandoning his vehicle on Adams Street.
The driver of the pickup truck, Danny McDaniel, saw Lee’s truck heading for him and leaped out of his truck. The police report says McDaniel was taken to UAMS for non-life threatening injuries. Police say that McDaniel and Lee had been in a dispute over a woman prior to the incident.
Two hours after the truck ramming on, Lee was confronted at his home on 5900 Windamere Drive by officers. The police report describes Lee’s behavior becoming increasingly erratic, where he was punching his garage door, threatening officers, and falling down on the ground. After he was handcuffed, police needed to use pepper spray to subdue Lee and get in into the patrol car.
For his involvement with the stolen hams, the 39-year-old Lee was arrested and charged with theft by receiving, a felony. For Tuesday’s activity, the police reports list the offenses of aggravated assault, criminal mischief, attempt to influence a public servant, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and use of force.