Police searching for ‘boozy bandit’ who stole liquor from multiple ABC stores in Central Virginia

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority told 8News a man has shoplifted at least 20 times at different locations across Central Virginia since January.

The most recent was Sunday in Henrico County. According to authorities, the man entered a store on the 4000 block of Glenside Drive last Tuesday and once again Sunday. The man took alcohol and left without paying.

8News spoke with ABC Regional Manager Jennifer Leistra Monday. Leistra told 8News over the phone that the ABC location on Laburnum Avenue near White Oak Village was robbed as well.

“The first thought that goes through your head is that it’s very brazen, that’s very bold,” said Bill Seldon, store manager for the South Laburnum ABC.

He says the suspect walked into his store twice – once grabbing two bottles and walking out “calmly” and the second time walking out with a handbasket full of liquor.

“He was greeted, carried on a conversation and also the second time he carried a conversation at the register,” Sheldon said.

The suspect is also accused of robbing ABC stores on Brook Road, Main Street and Meadow Street in Richmond and Glenside.

His choice of alcohol to steal is Patron, Hennessy and Dusse, Virginia ABC said.

Virginia ABC estimates the man has stolen at least $3,000 worth of alcohol.

The New Kent Sheriff’s Office believes the same suspect who robbed the Henrico ABC store, stole from the ABC Store located at 2501 New Kent Hwy earlier this month.

The sheriff’s office said the suspect got into a waiting grey in color mid-sized SUV. The man is described as 5’ 10” to 6’0″ feet tall and is between 180-200 pounds.

Police say the suspect has never acted violently or came off in a threatening manner. The Buss of the booze bandit is circulating, however, causing some ABC staff members to be on high alert.

“I’m anxious, but also feeling on-point,” Sheldon said. “Everyone is now looking for this person.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Henrico Police at 804-501-5000 or Crime Stoppers 780-1000.

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