Arrest Made After Man Steals Liquor Truck

( – An Indiana man who claims to have severe drug debt was arrested after he attempted to steal a beer and liquor truck worth over $62,000 and was caught shortly thereafter.

Beau Burchel, 39, is facing felony theft charges and is being held on a $20,000 bond after admitting to authorities that he stole the truck shortly after the driver pulled up outside Cheers Bars in Muncie on May 30. Burchel suggested the crime wasn’t planned, but that he thought to steal the truck and its contents after the driver exited the vehicle to make a delivery.

Police found the vehicle just two miles away in a corn field. When they approached, Burchel fled on foot into the woods and was captured hiding under some bushes. During questioning, he admitted to the theft and said he planned to sell the booze to pay off drug debts.

Police estimated the truck to be worth $50,000, its contents to be around $12,000. Police also found a skid steer loader worth $60,000 at the site which Burchel also admitted to stealing. He explained that he disabled the GPS unit to prevent authorities from finding it.

Burchel ripped the GPS out of the truck and destroyed the internal camera, but all the liquor and beer were still inside the vehicle. It’s unclear if police will pursue Burchel’s supposed debt-holders.

Indiana is experiencing an exceptional amount of drug and alcohol abuse with Indiana University claiming that one in 12 of the state’s residents or 500,000 people would technically qualify for a substance abuse disorder.

Data within the report suggests the number of drug overdoses in the state doubled between 2010 and 2017 with as many as 4,000 people dying due to opioid overdose in the same period.

“UCLA-led research has found that the proportion of US overdose deaths involving both fentanyl and stimulants has increased more than 50-fold since 2010, from 0.6% (235 deaths) in 2010 to 32.3% (34,429 deaths) in 2021.”

This trend is nothing short of horrifying.

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