The man accused of steal a cheap bottle of wine in late-March was up to his old ways again earlier this month.
According to State Police at Schuylkill Haven, 39-year-old Christopher Gravel was busted stealing more alcohol on two separate occasions from the same store.
Schuylkill County Man Busted Stealing Booze for Second and Third Time
So, what did he grab?
Police say that on May 1, around 8 p.m. Gravel walked into the Sheetz in Schuylkill Haven and grabbed “several” Four Loko premium malt beverages. Rather than pay for them, he just walked on out of the store.
The value of those items stolen total $10.76.
Perhaps emboldened by the incident, Gravel returned to Sheetz on May 3, just before 8 p.m. Once again, police say in a report that Gravel walked into the same Sheetz store. He went to the store’s booze cooler, grabbed several more Four Loko premium malt beverages, and walked out of the store.
The value of the items lifted on the 3rd equal $5.38.
Schuylkill County’s Serial Booze Bandit
Charges from these latest two incidents were filed recently before District Judge James Ferrier. The court’s awaiting a plea from Gravel on these charges and several more.
Remember, back in late-March, police picked up Gravel on suspicions that he stole a bottle of Arbor Mist from the Giant at the Cressona Mall.
But that’s just one more incident.
According to a court records search, Gravel stares down 8 different summary charges from incidents only dating back to March 30.
Among those 8 charges, 5 are for retail theft. The other 3 charges against Gravel (now listed as living in Schuylkill Haven), are for public drunkenness.
UPDATE: According to information just received by The Canary, Gravel is charged in an incident on May 5, also at Sheetz in Haven. During that heist, he walked out of the store with two more cans of Four Loko, valued at $5.38. That theft is reflected in the number of charges against him in the story above.
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May 9, 2020 at 10:03 pm
Every store everywhere, should employ at least one “loss prevention” person per shift…Ross stores do it in Florida, and others elsewhere…presence, as well as enforcement of rules is essential…it’s not funny anymore…insurance companies should reward the employers for theft control and there might be some sort of tax workaround to recoup salaries paid to those employees.
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June 28, 2020 at 3:22 pm
That’s terrible. Calling the police for something like that and getting that thirsty guy arrested for $10.76 and $5.38. That employee should be ashamed of himself. I bet that he wouldn’t have called the police if he had seen those looters taking all of those sneakers worth 100s of thousands out of that store in Tampa.
April 22, 2022 at 1:07 pm
One thirsty dude. I think this is hysterical but that’s just me, I guess.