An Iowa City man is accused of bootlegging a staggering amount of stolen booze.
Iowa City police were called to Walmart, 919 Highway 1 W., at 6:07 p.m. Thursday for a report of a theft in progress. By the time officers arrived, Walmart staff had the suspect, 20-year-old Mack D. Blumingburg, in custody.
Police said Blumingburg had attempted to steal eight bottles of Grey Goose Vodka, but store officials said they were aware of Blumingburg stealing alcohol from the store for the past month.
According to police, beginning in August and continuing through Thursday night, Blumingburg stole 51 bottles of Grey Goose Vodka. On one occasion, Blumingburg stole 17 bottles of vodka.
The value of the vodka topped $1,600, according to police.
Police said Blumingburg admitted to four thefts and selling the alcohol for $20 a bottle. He said some of his buyers were underage.
Blumingburg was taken into custody and faces charges of second-degree theft and bootlegging.