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Police: Grocery store thief stole $3,800 worth of wine

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Grocery store security cameras caught a man stealing thousands of dollars worth of wine over a three-month period.

Police said William Todd stole bottle after bottle of wine from the downtown Portland Safeway store, as well as the Woodstock location.

The investigation began in January when Safeway security investigators spotted a man, identified as Todd, stealing large amounts of wine.

Safeway's security team said they recognized Todd from past issues with him, according to court documents.

Police said surveillance video showed him working alone to steal more than $3,300 worth of wine over the course of 13 incidents from Jan. 28 through April 13.

The district attorney's office said additional thefts, not listed in Todd's original indictment, bring the total closer to $3,800.

Retail theft experts were able to determine, with certainty, the products that were taken each time, according to court documents.

On June 2, Portland police were called to the Safeway at 1010 SW Jefferson St. Employees said Todd was inside the store at the time.

Officers arrived and confronted the suspect, who told them, per court documents, that he "was caught stealing from them in the past and now they always think he's stealing."

Police placed Todd under arrest. Officers said they discovered he was carrying a glass tube and Todd admitted it was used to smoke crack cocaine. The tube contained residue.

Todd is facing 17 counts of theft. He was arraigned in court Tuesday, pleaded not guilty and is set to face trial July 23.

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