Beer thief nabbed minutes after alley heist
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A suspected beer thief ended up in the county jail Sunday after police noticed a rolled-up dollar bill in his car, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.
The incident began at 2:07 a.m. on Sunday when a staff person at the Bayou Cajun Restaurant, 919 Grand Ave., called police to report a theft.
The staffer reported that a man had just driven through the alley behind the restaurant, stopped briefly and took a case of beer from the back door area of the restaurant, and then drove off in a silver Volkswagen.
The responding officer relayed a description of the VW over the radio, and within a few minutes, a state trooper and a sheriff’s deputy both spotted the suspect’s vehicle on Grand Avenue and stopped the car, Wilson said.
When the police officer met up with them, he noticed the unopened case of Modelo beer in the vehicle – the same brand the restaurant reported stolen.
The officer was in the process of taking the driver into custody when he noticed a rolled-up dollar bill in a compartment in the car door. At this point, a sheriff’s deputy with a canine officer checked out the car, and the dog alerted to the presence of drugs.
“The rolled up bill and white powder tested positive for cocaine,” Wilson said.
During this investigation, officers also discovered that the driver, Francisco Hernandez-Hernandez, 28, of Carbondale was driving while his license was suspended for a previous offense.
Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of possession of illegal drugs, driving under suspension and misdemeanor theft and lodged at the county jail.
“The moral of the story is that if your license is suspended, you don’t want to be stealing beer while you have cocaine in your getaway car,” Wilson said.
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