Auburn couple accused of using their daughter to steal meat from Wegmans

Joseph Weir

The parents of a three-year-old Auburn girl are under arrest after investigators say they used her to conceal hundreds of dollarsâ?? worth of meat from the Auburn Wegmans on Sunday.

Auburn Police officers arrested 26-year-old Jessica Jones and 30-year-old Joseph M. Weir after Wegmans security caught them leaving the store with 19 packages of meat.

The meat, including New York strip steaks, rib-eye steaks and beef tenderloin, was valued at $353.70, police say.

Officers say they used their daughter to conceal the meat as they left the store.

Upon arrest, officers also found two small bags of heroin and Xanax tablets on Jones.

Jones was banned from all Wegmans stores after a previous theft from the Cicero store in 2012. The ban was for two years.

She is charged with felony burglary, endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny.

At the time of his arrest, Weir was found with four packages containing 1.3 grams of heroin, police say.

Weir is facing charges of seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy and endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigators say both are on parole for other convictions. Jones for two drug sale and possession charges, Weir for drug possession and sale.

They are currently being held in Cayuga County Jail.