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Jacksonville woman charged in jerky burglary case

A Jacksonville woman's apparent taste for jerky has led to criminal charges.

Heather Sue Collum, 33, of the 500 block of G Street, is facing charges in Jackson County Circuit Court of second-degree burglary and resisting arrest.

Collum is accused of entering the Gary West artisan smoked meats shop in Jacksonville before its open hours on Nov. 27, 2016, and stealing a package of beef jerky valued at about $25. Video surveillance allegedly captured images of her coming in and out of the business three times in less than an hour, according to an affidavit by Jacksonville police.

She allegedly later consented to a search of her home, where police found beef jerky in her refrigerator, the affidavit said.

When advised she was under arrest, Collum allegedly physically resisted an officer's attempt to get her into handcuffs for approximately five minutes before she was cuffed, the affidavit said.

The meat shop's products include original beef jerky, certified Angus beef jerky, bison jerky, elk jerky and Kobi steak-style jerky.

The Today Show has called its offering the "Rolls Royce of Jerky."

In December 2016, Collum was convicted of reckless burning for damaging a fence with fire.

Her other convictions include fourth-degree assault in 2003, second-degree criminal trespass and resisting arrest in 2006, contempt of court and harassment in 2009 and initiating a false report in 2010, court records show.

Reach staff reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@mailtribune.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.