On Aug. 18 at approximately 6:45 p.m., a suspect entered the Gelson’s market at 2627 Lincoln Blvd., and walked to directly to the liquor aisle.
A loss-prevention agent at the store recognized the suspect from previous thefts, so he kept an eye on him. The agent then saw the suspect take a bottle of whiskey and hide in his pants.
The suspect then walked over to the meat department and picked up a frozen steak, which he hid inside his jacket a few minutes later. After walking around the store briefly, the suspect walked out the front doors without paying for the items.
The agent stopped the suspect and detained him, then called for police. Officers arrived a short time later and took the suspect into custody for shoplifting.
Robert Eugene Brooks, 50, of Venice, was denied bail.
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