ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A six-foot-tall, 220-pound man decided to go get beer. He also decided that he wasn’t going to pay for it.
On September 10, Daniel Albert Lombardi, 47, decided to shop at Wawa located at 3101 Gandy Boulevard.
Upon entering the store, Lombardi made his way to the beer cooler located in the store’s rear section. He then exited the store with packages of beer without any attempt to pay for the merchandise.
And Lombardi was not done.
Within a few minutes, he went back to Wawa, made his way to the store’s beer cooler again, and continued to gather packaged beer and exit out the rear door without paying.
The incidents, recorded on 24/7 surveillance video, however, gave his identity away as an employee was able to identify through a photo pack that he had robbed the store not once, but twice.
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According to a Complaint/Arrest Affidavit report, detectives of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrived at Lombardi’s residence on October 5 to arrest him. A deputy saw Lombardi at a window and spoke with him, ordering him to surrender. Lombardi refused and proceeded to barricade himself inside his home, obstructing a lawful arrest.
Detectives were then forced to enter Lombardi’s home to apprehend him. He was charged with “resisting an officer without violence/obstruction,” in addition to “retail theft.”
Notations in the Arrest Affidavit indicate Lombardi was not suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was also considered mentally competent. No weapons were seized at the time of his arrest.
The judge in this case rendered Lombardi indigent and appointed a public defender to represent him.
Lombardi’s free-beer spree amounted to $132 in stolen merchandise. His bond was set at $150.00.