Police say it was gone in Eight Seconds


Published: Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 10:18 p.m.
What do Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Absolut Vodka have in common besides being drink-special staples?
The trio of liquors were three of about 30 bottles of booze a Gainesville man is accused of snatching from Eight Seconds nightclub in recent weeks.
James Edward Brockington, 49, who police say is homeless, allegedly broke into the country-western nightclub at 201 W. University Ave. in downtown on Dec. 19 and again on Friday, said Detective Nathan Harris with the Gainesville Police Department.
Brockington broke into the club through its back door and used a large backpack to haul away the liquor, worth about $1,000, Harris said. Brockington also stole a large kitchen knife from the club that he may have used trying to break into several cash registers, Harris added.
But what the suspect didn't know is that the club's surveillance cameras caught him on film during the alcohol shanghai. Police charged Brockington with armed burglary, burglary and grand theft, Harris said. The whereabouts of the liquor cache remain a mystery.
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