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Sheriff’s Office Nabs Thirsty Thief Suspect

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David Kirkwood  (Source: Broward Sheriff's Office)

David Kirkwood (Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office)

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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Some people say a cold beer always tastes better when someone else pays for it.

Well a North Lauderdale man reportedly went a little too far in that belief.  David Kirkwood, 49, was arrested Thursday morning in connection to a series of thefts of beer and steaks from Publix stores throughout Broward County. Kirkwood, who has an extensive criminal record, now faces five new charges and a bond of several thousand dollars.

Kirkwood was taken into custody around 2 a.m. when a Broward Sheriff’s deputy spotted his car at the Seminole Indian Truck Stop. The deputy recognized him from an alert that had been issued for his arrest. In the last few weeks, Kirkwood had allegedly targeted Publix grocery stores five times in the city of Weston. Each time he stole more than $100 worth of cases of beer and packages of meat.

Kirkwood was charged with five counts of petit theft and is being held on $3750 bond.

He was also wanted for similar thefts in Plantation, Davie and Cooper City, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kirkwood has a criminal history dating back to 2002, which includes charges for battery, cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, burglary, burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft and violation of probation.

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