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Springfield man found guilty of stealing from Alexandria liquor stores; now faces trial in Arlington and Fairfax
The Franklin P. Backus Courthouse at 520 King Street in Alexandria (staff photo by James Cullum)

A Springfield man found guilty of stealing thousands of dollars worth of alcohol from ABC stores in the city is scheduled to appear in court again for other alleged incidents in Arlington and Fairfax counties.

The 40-year-old man was found guilty of petty theft on Monday (July 8) for stealing alcohol from the Virginia ABC store at 825 S. Washington Street in Old Town on May 11, court records show.

For that May incident, he was sentenced to 120 days in jail, all suspended, with six months probation. Petty theft charges from the April 11 and May 8 incidents at the Virginia ABC store at 501 Montgomery Street were dropped, but he was still charged with trespassing on May 8 after being barred from entering the store. The suspect was sentenced to 15 days in jail for trespassing, all suspended, with six months probation.

He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $2,666.92.

On May 9, Alexandria police began investigating several thefts at several Virginia ABC stores in the city. In each case, less than $1,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from the liquor stores.

Surveillance camera footage showed a man with a shaved head and long black beard allegedly committing thefts at several liquor stores not only in Alexandria, but also in Arlington, Fairfax County and the city of Fairfax, according to a recently released search warrant affidavit.

The APD discovered that nearly $4,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from several Virginia ABC stores in the city between February and May.

The suspect was arrested following a theft in the city of Fairfax on May 28 and extradited to Alexandria on June 4. He remains held without bail and is scheduled to face trial for numerous incidents in neighboring jurisdictions.

The suspect was identified by an alleged accomplice who told police after his arrest that the suspect allegedly took orders for alcohol and cosmetics in DC, traveled to Virginia to steal the goods and then resold them in DC, according to the search warrant affidavit.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in court in Arlington on August 2 for the following offenses at Virginia ABC affiliates in Arlington:

  • Petty theft from the store at 2955 S. Glebe Road on February 16
  • Petty theft from the store at 1301 South Joyce Street on February 26
  • Petty theft from the store at 320 23rd Street South on April 15 and 20
  • Grand theft from the store at 1922 Wilson Boulevard on April 27

The suspect will also appear in court in Fairfax County on September 11. He is charged with resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, obstruction of justice, one count of grand larceny, 12 counts of petty theft and one count of shoplifting/adulteration of goods valued at less than $1,000.

Thefts at ABC stores in Virginia rose more than 200 percent last year. There are no security guards at any of the 400 stores, and staff are trained not to stop thieves.

“No product in our store is worth risking the safety of our employees and customers,” Pat Kane, a public relations specialist for Virginia ABC, told us. “Virginia ABC values ​​its relationships with local law enforcement. Employees are trained to gather actionable intelligence to generate viable information and leads on suspects.”