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Beer Thief ‘Neglected to See’ Cops

He’s accused of swiping beer and then walking right into the middle of marked patrol units with their flashing lights on.

Emmanuel Camper. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Emmanuel Camper. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

It’s not every day that a thief runs into the arms of deputies, but that’s how the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is describing an incident that took place June 22.

The scene unfolded around 8:32 p.m. Sunday as deputies stood outside a convenience store investigating an unrelated incident. As they stood there with their lights flashing, they say Emmanuel Camper, 28, walk out of the store.

That’s when deputies heard the clerk yell, “he’s stealing beer,” according to an email from Det. Larry McKinnon, sheriff’s office spokesman.

“Apparently, Camper, who was already intoxicated, neglected to see deputies standing near the doorway,” McKinnon wrote.

Camper was charged with petty theft and was booked in the Hillsborough County Jail. He remained there June 23 on $250 bond. Camper has been arrested by Hillsborough deputies a few times in the past on charges including domestic violence and tampering with a witness, according to jail records.

Laura LaFontaine June 24, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Did this occur in the East Lake area of Pinellas???

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