(TallahasseeDemocrat.com) - Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston appeared to avoid deputies when he walked out of the Ocala Road Publix without paying on April 29, according to an LCSO report.
A Leon County Sheriff's Office deputy said Winston ordered three pounds of steamed crab legs with Old Bay seasoning and one pound of steamed crawfish with Cajun seasoning and then left the store, according to the incident report released Monday afternoon.
The deputy, who wrote the report based on viewing the Publix surveillance video, then said Winston then came back in the store, collected his seafood and went to the dairy aisle and picked up a package of butter.
As he was leaving the store, Winston appeared to pause in front of a Leon County deputy who was working in-store security detail at the time. The pause, the incident report said, appeared to be an attempt to avoid walking in front of the deputy. He said Winston then walked behind the deputy, past all registers and out of the store.
A Publix employee told deputies he noticed Winston walk out of the store and assumed he hadn't paid for his purchase since he didn't have a grocery bag. He and his manager watched Winston walk out of the store because they thought he was grabbing a shopping cart. They realized Winston walked out without paying when he didn't return.
The seafood clerk who took Winston's order said the Heisman-winner regularly visits the store and that he gave Winston a bar code price tag on the seafood before he left the counter, the incident report said.
The cost of the crab legs, crawfish and butter is valued at $32.72, the price the sheriff's office said he took. Winston, however, sayss he did not take the butter, the report said. He told deputies he left it in a bin before he left the store because he realized he did not need it.
The investigating deputy went back to Publix and looked in the bins where Winston said he put the butter, but none was found.
Publix and Winston agreed on a petty theft civil citation wherein Winston would complete 20 hours of community service. Winston completed those hours Sunday afternoon and was reinstated to the FSU baseball team later that day.
Ray Purvis, the Capital Region YMCA president and CEO, told USA Today Sports the Heisman Trophy winner did janitorial work for five hours for four straight days, last Thursday through Sunday.
"In talking with the staff that supervised his experience, he did some cleaning, mopping, some general cleanup, custodial kinds of activities, and he interacted with some of our members on the fitness floor, and by all accounts was well received," Purvis said. "My staff person tells me he came in and had a good attitude."