BEND, OR -- Bend Police seized $1,850 in wine and liquor from a man accused of shoplifting. The Wagner Mall Beer and Wine Shop first reported a $500 bottle of tequila missing earlier this month. But a review of surveillance footage revealed the suspect also stashed two others in his pants before buying a $10 bottle.
Officers identified 56-year-old Benjamin Brambila and say he told investigators he gives away the bottles to friends or in exchange for services. After he consented to a search, officers say they found five bottles in his car and 52 in his home. The original three bottles of tequila were not recovered.
Other liquor stores were advised to review their surveillance footage for Brambila as part of the ongoing investigation. Those who believe their business might be a victim are urged to contact nonemergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 and reference case no. 2023-00054560.