A Colorado man has been arrested for stealing $15,000 worth of beer. Adam James Dickinson, age 26, is being accused of stealing over 570 bottles of rare and expensive beer from his former employer.
Dickinson was an employee of Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, Colorado from March until October of last year. Avery management terminated Dickinson’s employment when he was suspected of stealing numerous bottles of rare beer.
The theft was reported to authorities in the middle of October.
As reported by TimesCall, Dickinson was not arrested until four months later on February 14. Dickinson was apprehended at his workplace, with cooperation from his new employer.
When police searched Dickinson’s apartment they found over 570 bottles of beer, valued at approximately $15,000. Many rare and vintage brands, such as Black Tot Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout and Sui Generis Barrel-Aged Sour Ale are worth over $300 per bottle. Other beers recovered from the apartment included Rogue Old Crustacean beer and Barley Wine, Duck Duck Gooze, and Isabelle Proximus.
Although Dickinson reportedly gave some of the beer away, authorities stated that he sold several bottles on eBay. Dickinson was also trying to convince his new employer to purchase some of the beer. As reported by the Coloradoan, His new employer cooperated with authorities in the investigation that led to his arrest. Sean Nook, owner of Black Bottle, was disturbed to learn his employee was facing charges of theft:
“We had no idea of what he’s accused of was happening until recently, and we were 100 percent compliant with all authorities involved. We’re extremely upset about the allegations, and we don’t condone the activity in the allegations.”
Dickinson was arrested for stealing the $15,000 worth of beer on Thursday and is currently being held at the Larimer County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.