Texas beer-hauling driver arrested in theft scam

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas beer bust has left a truck driver charged with stealing about 1,500 cases of brew.

Prosecutors in Houston say Sundiata Bilal Simba has been charged with felony theft.

Simba was being held Thursday on $40,000 bond. Online jail records did not list an attorney for Simba, who was booked Tuesday.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/PS7FOW ) reports Simba on Sept. 21 left Houston for Corpus Christi, then called his boss to say the truck broke down. A warrant says Simba later called his boss to say he sold the beer because he needed the money.

Houston police on Sept. 25 received a tip about beer being sold from rental trailers. Police on Oct. 2 found damaged beer boxes and wrapping with bar codes, including one that matched the missing load.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com