Man receives 50-year sentence for stealing $35 rack of ribs

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It was the rack of ribs that broke the jury's patience.

There was no straw, nor camels in court this week when Willie Smith Ward faced charges of stealing a $35 rack of ribs from a grocery store in Waco, Texas, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. But something certainly snapped when the jury convicted him within two minutes and sentenced him to 50 years in jail.

The local newspaper reported the jury sentenced 43-year-old Ward as a "habitual criminal" because of a string of past felony and misdemeanour charges including burglary, assault and cocaine possession.

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His final crime was slipping a rack of pork ribs underneath his shirt and trying to leave a grocery store without paying for the meat, according to the story. When a store employee tried to stop him, he reportedly said he had a knife.

“This verdict shows that the citizens of this county will not tolerate a continued disrespect and disregard for other people and their property,” the Assistant District Attorney told the Tribune-Herald. “People who choose to do so will be dealt with seriously and appropriately.”

Others might choose different words to describe a 50-year sentence, but a nice bit of understatement nonetheless.

Cookies and coffee were the downfall of another pair in Penndel, Pennsylvania this week after they confessed to breaking into a church and leaving with a bag full of Oreos, sugar and coffee, according to

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Police told the news outlet the two passed a crossing guard on their way from the church.

"You've got a full load there," the crossing guard reported saying.

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