FORT COLLINS - Police arrested 26-year-old Adam James Dickinson in Fort Collins Thursday after thousands of dollars worth of rare and vintage beers were reported stolen from Avery Brewing Company in Boulder.
Dickinson was a former employee of the brewing company from March 2012 until October 2012, when he was terminated.
The thefts were first reported in mid-October of 2012 and police have been investigating since that time.
A manager at Avery Brewing suspected that Dickinson was responsible for the thefts of the rare beers, which totaled more than $15,000.
Some of the bottled beer was worth $200-to-$300 per bottle. More than 570 bottles were recovered during a search warrant executed at the suspect's home in Fort Collins, and included several cases of Isabelle Proximus beer ($200/bottle); bottles of Duck Duck Gooze beer ($100/bottle); bottles of Rogue Old Crustacean beer ($100/bottle) and one bottle of 2001 Rogue Old Crustacean Barley Wine ($100/bottle). Other beers recovered separately as evidence had been given to Dickinson's new employer as a gift, and included very rare bottles of Black Tot Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout ($300/bottle) and Sui Generis Barrel-Aged Sour Ale ($300/bottle).
Police say Dickinson had sold some of the stolen beer on eBay and had also offered some stolen bottles to a new employer, who cooperated with the investigation.
Dickinson is being held at the Larimer County Detention Center. Bail has been set at $5,000.
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