PALM CITY, Fla. - An accused beer bandit's logic was not immediately clear, but sheriff's officials say they figured out how the Palm City man on Monday boosted a bunch of Busch.
The alleged suds situation that spanned two grocery stores and landed Brian Bruce McAllister, 51, behind bars began about 8:30 a.m. Monday, according to recently-released arrest affidavits.
At the Publix on Southwest Martin Highway in Palm City, McAllister allegedly stashed a 12 pack of Busch non-alcoholic beer in his backpack and left without paying.
McAllister reportedly hopped on his bike and went to the Publix on Southwest Martin Downs Boulevard in Palm City. There, he ditched the non-alcoholic Busch in the beer case and left with an 18 pack of Busch with alcohol in his backpack.
Introduced in 1955, Busch, which is available in bottles and cans, is described as "Cold As A Mountain Stream, Smooth As It's Name" on a Busch website. The "taste profile" of Busch non-alcoholic beer, introduced in 1994, is listed on an Anheuser-Busch website as, "A fully-fermented, non-alcohol version of Busch beer that offers a smooth, full-bodied, malty flavor."
An employee gave a description of McAllister and a possible location, and Martin County Sheriff's deputies found him. The Busch 18 pack was in his bakcpack.
McAllister, of the 2000 block of Southwest Oxbow Way in Palm City, was arrested on two counts of retail theft.
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