A knife-wielding thief, who had his eye on steak at the meat counter of a local store, was captured by Ardmore police Wednesday afternoon, just minutes after he fled the market empty handed.


A knife-wielding thief, who had his eye on steak at the meat counter of a local store, was captured by Ardmore police Wednesday afternoon, just minutes after he fled the market empty handed.


Robert Jason Dwayne Smith was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, theft from a retailer and resisting arrest, according to Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt, Ardmore Police Department Patrol Division.


Officers responded to Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy, 24 N. Commerce St., after employees reported Smith’s steak snatching attempt.


“They (store employees) saw him trying to steal steaks. He was confronted. He threatened an employee with a knife and then ran from the store on foot. Based on a physical description and his direction of travel, officers began searching for the suspect. Citizens flagged officers down in the 900 block of 2nd Ave. NW, pointing to an area in the back of some residences. He was taken into custody in a yard,” Hunnicutt said.


Following his apprehension, Smith was identified by store employees as the armed man who had attempted the steak snatching.


Before being taken to the county jail, Hunnicutt said Smith was taken to the hospital for treatment of a condition unrelated to the crime. He was treated and released.


“A knife believed to have been the one used was recovered,” Hunnicutt said.


But did the weapon fit the crime? Was it a steak knife?


“No,” Hunnicutt said.