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Manatee County Sheriff's Office: Man charged with stealing cases of beer from Budweiser beer truck

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A man was charged with stealing $146.25 worth of beer products from a Budweiser truck, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Blake James Elford, 32, was arrested at 9:01 a.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of 53rd Avenue East.

A witness who works at a Winn-Dixie, 1006 53rd Ave. E., told deputies he saw Elford removing cases of beer from a Budweiser beer truck making a delivery to the business. According to the report, a witness identified Elford as a homeless man who should not have been in the truck and told Elford to get out of the truck.

According to the sheriff’s office, Elford ignored the witness and sat down to drink a beer he had taken. The truck driver returned and struggled with Elford over the beer before Elford fled.

Elford was arrested for burglary of an unoccupied conveyance. He was held in Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond, according to the sheriff’s office website.

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