A man named Toulon Thurston, 33, has been accused of stealing over $14,000 worth of Red Bull, vodka, and other merchandise from a liquor store in Vallejo. Thurston allegedly made more than 20 visits to the store on Admiral Callaghan Lane, where he would steal multiple cases of energy drinks and bottles of New Amsterdam vodka. The thefts were brought to the attention of authorities through a social media post, which provided information about Thurston, his alleged getaway car, and getaway driver.
On October 15, authorities located Thurston’s vehicle near Florida Street and Yuba Street. A store employee arrived at the scene and identified Thurston, as well as another suspect named Teaawonna Rucks. Red Bulls and liquor bottles were found in Thurston’s vehicle and returned to the liquor store. A records check revealed that Thurston had outstanding warrants for his arrest in Solano County and Napa County.
As of Monday afternoon, Thurston is being held without bail in Solano County Jail. Rucks is not currently listed in the county’s inmate roster. Sgt. Rashad Hollis, the public information officer for the Vallejo Police Department, highlighted the issue of understaffing, which often leads to delays in responding to certain crimes in Vallejo. Hollis also mentioned that thieves frequently target the same businesses repeatedly, stealing the same items, while loss prevention staff are often unable to physically apprehend suspects.