Alleged beer thief drops purse at scene

Published: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 11:52 p.m.

A woman accused of stealing beer from a grocery store apparently dropped her purse at the scene, giving investigators a lead to follow.

Tami Breshe, 21, of Gainesville was charged with theft after deputies found her at the address listed on items, including her passport, found inside her purse.

Alachua County Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Ulrich wrote up the arrest and noted that Breshe "was thankful that the deputies returned her purse and personal items, but did not like the trip to the jail."

The theft was recorded on surveillance cameras inside the Sweet Bay grocery store at 2002 SW 34th St. shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said Breshe and another woman walked into the store, headed to an area that is off-limits to customers, and picked up three 24-packs of Natural Light.

The cameras reportedly show the women putting the beer into a cart, then pushing the cart out of the store through an emergency exit, which activated an alarm.

Breshe's purse was found on the floor near where the beer was apparently taken. Authorities were still seeking the other suspect Tuesday.

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