Baton Rouge Police: Man who stole beer from Circle K some 25 times arrested again after threatening store manager _lowres

James Singleton, 45

A man who stole beer from his neighborhood convenience store 25 times was arrested Sunday after he threatened to kill a store clerk if she told authorities, police said.

James Gerald Singleton, 45, made at least 10 “beer runs” on the Circle K store at 1910 Brightside Ave. between Feb. 28 and March 14 without getting caught, according to a Baton Rouge police report.

A store clerk told authorities she recognized Singleton as the same man who did multiple “beer runs” at the same store a year ago, having stolen cases of beer 14 times before he was finally arrested, the report says.

Singleton pleaded guilty to theft of goods over $1,500 on May 20, 2015, and was sentenced to two years in prison, but was apparently released early.

Singleton had been banned from the store due to the thefts, the police report says.

A store manager who confronted Singleton during a recent “beer run” said he told her, “If you call the police on me, I will come back and kill you!”

The employee said she was afraid for the safety of herself and her employees.

The worker identified Singleton in a lineup, the report says. He was arrested Sunday, a little over a week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Singleton, of 4915 Alvin Dark Ave., was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of intimidating a witness and 11 counts of burglary. His bond was set at $25,000, according to jail records.