Vero Beach Man Steals From Cumberland Farms ‘I’m An Alcoholic’

Vero Beach man steals beverage from Cumberland Farms.
Vero Beach man steals beverage from Cumberland Farms.

VERO BEACH – The Vero Beach Police Department received a call from the Cumberland Farms at 1690 U.S. Highway 1 about a retail theft.

The store clerk observed an older man stealing a beer by walking out without paying for it. The Vero Beach Cumberland Farms then called the police.

Officers arrived and made contact with a man matching the description. Ralph Boardman, 63, admitted to the theft while consuming the 23.5-ounce beer in front of police.

“I’m an alcoholic and I have to do what I have to do,” Boardman told officers. He also stated that he didn’t have any money on him to pay for the beverage, so we walked in and took it.

The store manager watched Boardman enter the store and walk out with the beer, according to the report. The alcohol beverage is valued at $2.99.

Boardman was transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with retail theft.

Signup for the free Sebastian Daily newsletter for your chance to win free dinners and merchandise!

Copyright 2019 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges grew up in Jupiter, Florida where he began his career in radio and TV broadcasting for over 12 years. He would make a career change to computer programming. Andy spent seven years working for tech companies in Atlanta before moving to Indian River County in 2002. He returned to the news sector in 2005 as a writer. Andy joined Sebastian Daily in 2016 as our editor in chief.