Police in Hillsborough County, Florida, were astonished when four men attempted to take off with more than half a million dollars-worth of Patron Tequila. The investigation is still ongoing, but all four suspects have already been identified, arrested and released on bond from jail.
The ordeal began at around 11 P.M. on the night of December 30th. The four suspects all allegedly conspired together to steal alcohol for an upcoming New Year’s Eve Party. One driver who was transporting liquor in Tampa was targeted when he pulled over to have a quick meal. The truck driver pulled into the restaurant where he ate for about an hour. When he finished his meal and walked outside, he noticed his truck was missing.
Hillsborough Police promptly began looking for the liquor truck. Shortly later, they captured the four thieves “red handed.” The perpetrators have been identified as 46-year-old Alberto Obaya, 37-year-old Humberto Ramirez, 66-year-old Vidal Estrada and 35-year-old Lemuel Escobar. All four men were reportedly transferring cases of alcohol from the stolen transportation truck into another nearby vehicle. Deputies passing by noticed that nearly 20 cases of the tequila had already been moved into the new vehicle, which came back registered in the perpetrator’s name.
Police confronted the men. 35-year-old Lemuel Escobar reportedly attempted to flee on foot, and a chase ensued. All four were eventually captured and charged with burglary of an unoccupied truck, grand theft and resisting an officer. Obaya faces additional possession charges after police discovered controlled substances on him. By December 31st, all four men had bonded out of jail.