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An alleged theft from a Williamsburg liquor store could land a man in prison for up to five years.
Tyrone Keith Eldridge, 47, of Philadelphia, Pa., is in police custody after allegedly stealing liquor from a Williamsburg ABC Store two times in one week.
According to Maj. Greg Riley of the Williamsburg Police Department, Williamsburg Police responded to a call around 6 p.m. Tuesday reporting a larceny at the ABC Store located in the Williamsburg Shopping Center on Richmond Road.
Upon arrival, officers spoke to the manager, who advised them that a bearded man, dressed in a red and white plaid button down shirt, entered the store and took three bottles of liquor without paying for them.
On Thursday around 10 p.m., Williamsburg Police responded to a second call from the same location. Management told the officers that the suspect from Tuesday’s larceny had returned to the store on Thursday and made a purchase.
After Eldridge exited the store, the manager wrote down the license plate number on Eldridge’s vehicle and reported the information to police. The officers were able to locate the vehicle in a parking lot and found Eldridge nearby, and arrested him for Tuesday’s larceny, Riley said.
After Eldridge was arrested, the store’s management reviewed video and found that Eldridge had stolen additional items during Thursday’s visit to the store. The items, bottles of vodka, were recovered in his vehicle, Riley said.
Eldridge now faces up to five years imprisonment and a $2,500 fine, as third or subsequent larceny offenses in Virginia are considered a Class 6 felony.
“This is a third or subsequent offense,” Riley wrote in an email. “If this wasn’t the circumstance, the amount of goods taken from each larceny would total less than $100, making them misdemeanors.”
Eldridge was transported the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where he was charged with a felony count of larceny for both Tuesday and Thursday’s offenses.