Fake Beto Staffer Arrested for Popsicle Theft

May 29, 2019

Flailing presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke continues to make headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. His poll numbers, for example, are circling the drain of statistical relevance. He is struggling to find support outside his most favorable demographic: Old white men with college degrees. America's dogs are seriously creeped out by Beto's vibe.

The Austin Statesman has the latest bit of Beto-related news:

A man who was pretending to campaign for Beto O’Rourke in South Austin on Tuesday was arrested after breaking into a home and stealing a Popsicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

James Bradford Gibbon II, 28, has been charged with burglary of a residence, a second-degree felony punishable by two and 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. He was being held Wednesday at the Travis County Jail on $12,000 bail, online jail records show.

Austin police said they were called at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to the 800 block of Barton Avenue for a report that a person had broken into a home. When officers arrived, they said they caught Gibbon coming out of the residence and took him into custody, the affidavit said.

According to the document, a witness told police that he had been doing yard work and saw Gibbon wearing a Beto T-shirt and lingering at the front door of a neighboring property. He said he asked him what he was doing, and Gibbon answered he was "campaigning for Beto for president," the affidavit said.

The property owner told police she walked in on the alleged thief eating a popsicle in her kitchen, and her son called 911. The suspect admitted to entering the home without permission, but claimed the popsicle was not his intended target. He reportedly helped himself to the icy treat while rummaging through a wallet and briefcase, and attempting to hack an iPad on the counter. Ultimately, however, police charged him with theft for taking the popsicle.

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