A 20-year-old shoplifter with a bottle of whiskey in his pants delayed his escape from a liquor store this week just long enough to write his name and address on a raffle ticket before running out the door, according to a criminal complaint.Authorities say Shawn M. Piering of Hartford can be seen on a security camera video stuffing the bottle of Jack Daniels into his clothing. Then he decided to try his luck at winning a ticket to a Slinger Speedway race through the store's weekly raffle drawing,
B&S Liquor owner Steve Jost said Friday.
After filling out the form at the store's counter, Piering snatched two more whiskey bottles before he fled the store, a criminal complaint says.
A female store clerk working Wednesday evening had watched Piering fill out the raffle ticket, Jost said.
"So she wasn't going to chase him after he ran out the door," he said. The box for tickets had been emptied the previous day, so the clerk simply opened the box after calling police. Officers recognized the man's name from other incidents and drove to his residence on E. Monroe Ave.
When officers confronted Piering at his residence later Wednesday, he appeared to be intoxicated, the criminal complaint says. Though Piering turned over the liquor bottles, he subsequently struggled with an officer attempting to arrest him.