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Theft of beer, car sends man to jail
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TRINITY – A bizarre series of thefts landed a 31-year-old Trinity man behind bars last week, charged with stealing beer and a vehicle. Albert Grove of Trinity was arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a shoplifting incident reported Wednesday at the local Brookshire Brothers grocery store. While he was in custody on that charge, investigators subsequently charged him with taking a car from the parking lot of the Physician’s Clinic located adjacent to the East Texas Medical Center-Trinity. Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said the incident began shortly after noon at Brookshire Brothers when a clerk noticed a man hauling three 30-packs of beer in a shopping cart out of the store. “He had made a few small purchases and apparently believed he could take the beer and no one would notice that he hadn’t paid for it,” Jones said. Jones said the clerk notified store officials who in turn called police, but before anyone could detain the man, he managed to load the beer into a pickup truck, which left the area. “Apparently, the woman who was driving the pickup did not know that he had stolen the beer until he started bragging about it. She became upset, pulled over and told him to get out,” Jones said. The man was left standing at the side of the road with the beer when some friends of his drove by and spotted him. They picked him up and agreed to drive him home after they had finished with an appointment at the clinic. “He became impatient at having to wait at the clinic so he borrowed the keys to his friend’s car, went out and got the beer and began looking for another ride,” Jones said. What he found was a 1989 Buick Park Avenue parked at the clinic that was unlocked and had the keys inside. Jones said he loaded up the stolen beer, got in the car and drove away. While Officer Randy Wheeler was investigating the theft of the beer at Brookshire Brothers, police received the report of the stolen car and Sgt. John Raiford was dispatched to handle that investigation. “At the time, we had no idea that we had a one-man crime waive underway,” Jones said. “We were handling them as unrelated incidents.” Jones said the investigation indicates that the man drove home to enjoy the beer and later decided to drive the Buick to Houston and sell it. However, after traveling to the city, the people he thought would buy the car could not be located so he drove back to Trinity County. “He abandoned the car on FM 356 across from the entrance to the Outback Marina,” Jones said. Pct. 1 Deputy Constable Rusty Barrett spotted the car sitting on the side of the road at about 7:20 a.m. Thursday. When he ran a check on the license plate, he was notified that it had been reported stolen in Trinity. Jones said Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace then did some checking with a number of his contacts and was given information linking Grove to the automobile theft. “We had already gotten enough information to have a warrant issued charging Mr. Grove with theft in connection with the stolen beer when Constable Wallace called to tell us about what he had found,” Jones said. After police arrested Grove on the misdemeanor theft warrant, they also asked about the theft of the car and Jones said the suspect provided a complete statement. Another warrant charging him with the state jail felony of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle was then issued.