Woman Faces 10 Years in Prison for Stealing a Crappy Beer. WTF Idaho?!

Here’s more evidence that they do things wrong in Idaho.

First off, a woman named Victoria Hill steals a can of beer from a store in Boise. But the beer she swipes isn’t something good like a Yeti or Dales Pale Ale – ooh, I forgot, you can’t get Oskar Blues in Idaho any more! Sorry to bring that up again Don! 😉  Instead, she steals a 24oz can Steel Reserve malt liquor.  I think she should do her future shoplifting at Brewforia – at least the beer she nabs might be worth the penalty of getting caught.

Then again, maybe not.  It turns out that not only do people from the Potato State steal the wrong beers, they make stupid laws.  In this case, Victoria is facing up to ten years in prison for her bad judgement (the crime part, not the beer selection).  Hill was charged with felony burglary because she entered the store “with the intent to commit the theft.”  Turns out that’ll get you one to ten in the Idaho penn. 

Police spokesperson Chuck McClure (who with a name like that just has to have an awesome mustache) says a review of Hill’s criminal history made authorities feel like felony burglary was the right call.  She had previously been convicted of grand theft in 2004 , and last year she was busted in Boise for driving an “unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle” – she probably didn’t have a gun rack in her truck.

Ten years is a lot of time to do for a beer, especially a crappy one.  I wonder what they do if you’re caught stealing a car?  Sick the dogs on you?:

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7 Comments on “Woman Faces 10 Years in Prison for Stealing a Crappy Beer. WTF Idaho?!”

  1. August 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    Tsk…, yeah I guess Idaho must be somewhat backward afterall. Seems to me that they forgot one common codicil of modern-day American jurisprudence. Anywhere else, the explanation would likely have read: Entering a store with intent to commit theft will get you 1 to 10 in the State penitentiary, unless of course you or your family is wealthy and/or famous, in which case your maximum sentence would be a totally unsuccessful stint at an upscale, substance abuse clinic.

  2. Don
    August 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    OK, I am the first to admit that Idaho has stupid laws and even stupider prosecuting attorneys. There was a case a few years ago where a woman who was mal-nourished tried to steal some fruit from a local stand, and the prosecuting attorney decided she needed to be made an example of, and threw the book at her. This woman was starving and tried to steal food! Sometimes people need a helping hand, the the hammer of justice. So I go oin record as saying that they are at the very least over zealous. This problem may be correcting itself, however, because Prisons and law enforcement are the number one and two line items in the state budget. For a state that has $$ problems like we do, some of these more minor offences need to be handled outside the courts.

    That said, STFU about Oscar Blues! That shit still hurts!

    I’m sure Rick and Chris will be real happy that you are pointing beer thieves to their establishments. They also sell good beer at Albertson’s grocery stores too!

  3. August 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

    Headlines like this and the accompanying WTF Youtube clip are what keep me coming back.

    I believe car theft is punishable by dogs with bees in their mouths so when they bark they shoot bees at you.

    • Don
      August 17, 2011 at 8:33 am #

      Ohhhhwa..John, that is awesome. Dogs with bees in their mouth. That should be like some sort of secret military weaponology that requires a security clearance.

    • ScottG
      August 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

      Release the hounds.

  4. August 16, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    So… how does one prove “intent” in this case? I mean, did she enter the store wearing a ski-mask and brandishing a gun? Did she leave a note? Did they find her set of signed storyboards detailing her plan for the daring heist? Did she do one of them Bond-villain soliloquies explaining her motivations? Inquiring minds want to know.

    • Don
      August 17, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      My guess Mark…She is missing teeth and is a meth head. That’s really all the proof they need out here.

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