Is That Vodka In Your Pants? Man Cited for Trying to Lift Booze on New Year's Eve

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BERKELEY-On December 31st 2014, Berkeley Police responded to a report of a suspicious walking on Frederick Drive. Upon arrival the officers observed this male walking down Frederick Drive with something protruding from his pants.

Further investigation revealed that the item concealed was in fact a bottle of alcohol. The subject identified as, Richard Botterio 35 Frederick Drive Bayville, could not provide a receipt for the bottle.

Detective John Legg spoke to the staff at Spirits liquor store, who stated that the suspect never paid for the alcohol (vodka). Patrolman Mike Tier reviewed video footage which revealed the suspect took vodka off the shelf but never paid for it. As a result, Botterio was charged with shoplifting and released on a summons.

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