In any business, keeping detailed notes on purchases and inventory is essential. But for alleged Ballwin booze thief Avry J. Harris, the notes he carried with him into the Dirt Cheap liquor store last week provided police with weeks' worth of evidence, down to the specific bottle, brand and dollar amount.
The single journal page of dated entries covers alleged thefts starting on December 13. This morning, the page appeared alongside a "weekly roundup" posted to Facebook
by the Ballwin Police Department.
The post states that the suspect was wanted for multiple alcohol thefts from area businesses.
"The suspect," the department added, "was located and arrested after officers observed him and his backpack full of alcohol clanging down the sidewalk alongside Manchester Road."
In the Facebook post, police note that the recovered journal page included a blank entry for the day Harris' alleged spree came to an abrupt end. "So we filled it in for him," police wrote.
The final entry includes a new description, courtesy of Ballwin Police: "02/06/2019: ARRESTED. Muahahahaha.”
The single page of neatly handwritten notes reveals remarkable diligence for a common booze thief. Starting on December 13 — a day that included five bottles of Jose Cuervo and two bottles of Grey Goose, a haul worth $140 — the thefts continue on consecutive days for more than a week.
Even Christmas Eve was a work day. According to that day's entry, the thief took in eight bottles, including three half-gallon bottles of Grey Goose.
In total, the accounts appear to show revenue nearing $2,000 — all profit, of course.
Unfortunately for Hill, he neglected to follow Stringer Bell's advice about taking notes on criminal conspiracies.
(And we quote, "What the fuck is you thinking, man?")
By email, police spokesman Scott Stephens identified the subject of the Facebook post as Harris. In addition to the bottles to taken from Dirt Cheap, Stephens writes that the 40-year-old allegedly told police that "several of the bottles" in his bag had been lifted from Schnucks.
Police also found drugs on Harris during the arrest, Stephens says, although he did not specify the kind or amount.
Harris has been released pending charges for felony stealing and possession of a controlled substance, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.
Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com
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