Photo: Beer Run Epidemic El Paso, TX
Beer thefts in El Paso, Texas have reduced by 17% in the past year, according to police reports. Beer thefts, otherwise known as “beer runs,” have been a major issue in El Paso, with nearly 3,000 occurring last year alone. Beer runs have been reduced in all areas of El Paso except for the Northeast, which saw a 4% increase last year.
“It’s one of our more pressing problems,” said Sgt. Charlie DeNio of the Northeast Regional Command.
In many cases thieves steal the beer because they are unable to purchase it—either because they are under age or it is past the 1 a.m. alcohol sales deadline. Petty beer thefts can also lead to more serious robberies.
“In some situations, it involves underage drinking (or) driving while intoxicated,” said Javier Sambrano, police spokesman. “There are situations where beer runs can be a contributing factor to other types of crimes.”
In an effort to combat the thefts, Police have resorted to posing undercover and posting pictures of suspects online.
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