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Friday, April 19, 2019


Surveillance image of San Diego's craft beer burglar at work.
The craft beer cashbox bandit’s exploits in recent weeks have all the ingredients for a cozy* novel.  West Coaster magazine on its daily blog points out more than a dozen San Diego area breweries have been hit by the newly infamous brew bandit.

So far, security cameras have ID the intruder as a lean hoodie wearing burglar, who wears DC’s and drives a white Jeep style vehicle.  His MO includes breaking a window, crawling through and bee-lines to the cash register.  With one swift yank, he pulls the cash box away and carries it to his get-a-way Jeep.

He seems to know which breweries have cash boxes that aren’t bolted down.

Given his lanky build and white Jeep and an obvious knowledge of where the cash boxes are makes the suspect someone who likes his craft beer as he cases each joint.

He’s on everyone’s radar now.  If he doesn’t walk away soon, he’ll be doing time in a state lock-up.  And, for certain, prison bars don’t serve craft beer.

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* What's a cozy novel, anyway?
Cozy mysteries, also referred to as "cozies", are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.


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