Beverage bandit smashes vehicle through Delaware County beer store, steals 2 beers

NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WPVI) -- Newtown Township police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary taken to the extreme after a man smashed his SUV into the front of Newtown Square Beer distributor around 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The thief was after 2 cans of Bud Ice.

Surveillance cameras inside the store captured everything. First comes the SUV smashing into the front door.

Moments later, the driver steps out and reaches out through the broken glass doors in search of two cold ones.

In total, the stolen merchandise costs less than $4. Considering the damage left behind will reach the $15,000 range, the shop owners have a sense of humor.

"He was probably thirsty!" said Raj Savaliya.

Investigators were a little thrown off when they saw the video.

"We've investigated these cases before. At the minimum they're going for lottery tickets, cartons of cigarettes, and the safe as well. I've never investigated a theft where a person would go to such great lengths to take two beers from a cooler," said Newtown Township Detective Bill Moor.

Police have recovered the SUV and impounded it. Sources say you can see back-end damage and two empty beer cans sitting inside.

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to contact Det. William Moor or a Newtown officer at 610-356-0602 or dial 911.
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