Front Royal police did not have to go far to arrest an 18-year-old man on a charge of shoplifting.
Police on Thursday were called to the 7-Eleven on N. Royal Avenue for a man suspected of shoplifting alcohol. The clerk gave dispatch a description of the man who had kept coming in and out of the store, with the last time alcohol coming up missing, according to a criminal complaint.
On arrival, officers saw a man outside of the store matching the description. One officer went inside the store while the other stayed with the man.
Clerks showed police a bottle of the alcohol that they said was the brand of the two bottles of alcohol that were missing. Officers found two bottles of the same alcohol in the man’s pockets, the complaint states.
Officers charged Matthew Pitts, 18, with shoplifting and underage possession of alcohol.
Pitts had glassy, bloodshot eyes and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person, according to the complaint. A portable blood test showed a result of .13.
Pitts has lived the last 10 years with his father in Tappahannock, but has not lived there for the last month. Pitts told officers he was living in Front Royal, but did not know the address, court documents show.