Wednesday, November 25, 2015 || Originally Published: Patch || 11/23/15 || By Morgan Searles
A man arrested for stealing Red Bull from a gas station told police he sold the stolen energy drinks for gas money so he could get to a temporary employment agency to find work.
Melvin Harris, 53 of the 200 block of South 17th Avenue in Maywood, was arrested Nov. 19 and charged with felony retail theft, according to Riverside police.
Officers were called at 7:44 a.m. Nov. 18 to a gas station in the 3300 block of South Harlem Avenue for reports of a retail theft.
The caller said a man came in the store and bought lottery tickets, then went to the back of the store and put 23 cans of Red Bull in his jacket. The caller said the man fled to a waiting car in the parking lot, and the car went westbound on East Quincy Street from Harlem Avenue, police reported. Part of a license plate number and a description of the car were given to police.
Surveillance video from the store led police to the full license plate number, listed to an address in the 700 block of South 6th Avenue in Maywood.
Police watched the home Nov. 19 and stopped a car, matching the description, at 7 a.m. after it left from the house. Police arrested Harris, who was a passenger in the car.
Harris was identified as the thief by a witness and from the surveillance video, and he acknowledged his role in the theft, police reported. He then told investigators a “bizarre sequence of events.” VFP