Champagne thief tripped up by noisy jacket

Oct. 22, 2012

A Walgreens employee knew something was wrong when he heard the clinking noise of six bottles of champagne in a man's jacket.

From the Wauwatosa police report;

The employee of Walgreens, 6600 W. State St., saw the suspect walking down an aisle with his arms at the sides of his bulging jacket around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 13. The suspect was walking from a newly-empty champagne display case.

When the employee confronted the suspect about his suspicions, the suspect lost his cool demeanor and ran past the clerk to a waiting car.

The employee gave chase to the man, who warned him to stay away, saying that he had "something" for the employee in his car. When the suspect jumped in the car, a woman in the car shouted "go go go!"

Police are reviewing video surveillance.

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