'Beer Bandits' caught on tape in La Feria
Wed, 30 Dec 2009 06:54:58 GMT —
La Feria police told Action 4 News that a pair of beer bandits will not enjoy the taste of stolen beverage for long.
The two bought gas at a Stripes convenience store off FM 506 and U.S. Expressway 83 around 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Police said they're facing robbery charges after helping themselves to some beer being delivered outside.
"The driver fought with one of them, said La Feria Police Chief Don Garcia. At this time another one approached the driver, kicked him and got away with the beer."
The delivery driver was not injured and although the two alleged beer bandits got away with an 18-pack of Miller Lite.
But Chief Garcia said they will have to face sobering consequences.
"It's considered like a strong-arm robbery...an assault and the taking of items, he said.
Chief Garcia said the store's cameras recorded the couple moments before everything went down.
A witness wrote down their license plates as the two sped away in a 1996 red Camaro.
"There was quite a few people in the store and quite a few people fueling up at the time...and we got a 911 call on that, Garcia said.
Chief Garcia said the plates came back to a man named Epifanio Rocha of Sebastian.
Investigators believe that the couple may not have come to steal but unfortunately gave into temptation with the beer laid out before them.
Garcia calls a crime of opportunity and he's warning area merchants about being victims of the same.
"Especially around this season...especially around Christmas and New Year's....it was there...it was for the taking...so the opportunity was there," Garcia said.
Anyone with information about the identities of the couple or their whereabouts is asked to call the La Feria Police Department at (956) 797-3121.