Nearly $2000 Worth Of Booze Snatched For Recovering Alcoholics
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach man allegedly broke into Rocco’s Tacos on Atlantic Avenue to steal alcohol for his recovering alcoholic friends living with him in an area Sober House.
The man was found bloodied. He allegedly lied when officers asked him his name.
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Mark Laporta is now charged with Burglary, Grand Theft, and Give False ID To Law Enforcement Officers.
From the report: “At 00:40 hours (on March 13th, 2021), I was dispatched to 110 East Atlantic Avenue (Rocco’s Tacos) in reference to a suspicious incident. An employee was on the phone with dispatch stating a white male entered th basement and ran away when (the employee) entered. The employee chased the suspect to 200 East Atlantic Avenue where officers made contact with all parties. I spoke with the employee who stated the suspect had a box in his hand and ran out of the basement, dropped the box, and continued running until he got to 200 East Atlantic Avenue.”
“Office Hernandez spoke with the suspect who was not wearing a shirt and covered in blood. The suspect gave the name of Jeffrey Jewer. The suspect was later identified by his Massachusetts ID as Mark Laporta. Laporta stated he gave the false name because he was scared and uses that name when he talks to officers. Laporta stated he entered th building because he had to do work that was approved by his boss at Grady Charters. I could not find any information about the business or owner. He stated he was bloody because he cut his hands with his knife while he was at work. Laporta stated he was given the keys to the building from his boss.”
But then… “Laporta charged his story and told me he went into the basement to get alcohol for his friends at the sober house he is living at.”
Surveillance video apparently showed Laporta rummaging through boxes, then using a broom to open the liquor area. He allegedly took one case of Red Bull, two bottles of Patron Repasado, one bottle of Roco Patorl, one Malibu, a house champagne, two bottles of Montolobo, one bottle of Dulce Vida, a Shaquira Repasado, and more Re Bull.
“In total,” wrote police, “Laporta stole $1,729.
LaPorta was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. He was released without bond. A court date is pending.
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