FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – Police are searching for the man dubbed the “Energy Drink Addict” after he is accused of stealing more than 100 cases of 5-Hour Energy drinks.
Corey Jay Meadows, 30, has two warrants for his arrest after being accused of stealing more than $1580 worth of 5-Hour Energy. Investigators said he took a total of 103 cases of the supplements from multiple stores in central Ohio.
According to reports, on April 25, 2015 Meadows “cleaned out the entire shelf” of 5-Hour Energy from a West Side Meijer store, stealing 64 assorted cases containing a total of 480 bottles. The total retail value of the stolen merchandise was $972.96.
One on occasion May 5, Meadows entered a Meijer store in northeast Columbus and proceeded to sweep his arm across shelves stocked with 5-Hour Energy drinks, knocking every pack off the shelves and into his cart. He then attempted to bolt out of the store with what was later determined to be 39 cases containing 314 more bottles of the popular energy drink, with a total retail value of $609.61. When confronted, Meadows abandoned the overloaded shopping cart and jumped into a get-away car described as a blue Ford Fiesta.
Meadows also is believed to be connected to another theft of $681.08 of 5-Hour Energy drinks from a Meijer store located in Grove City, Ohio.
“Mr. Meadows has stolen 794 bottles of 5-Hour Energy—or the equivalent of 3970 hours of continuous, instant energy—that we can verify,” said First Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick. “He is either a cog in an organized theft ring or one seriously wired energy drink addict who hasn’t slept in months.”
Along with multiple counts of theft, Meadows’ criminal history includes charges of felony identity theft, felony possession of drugs, felony receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence, vandalism, OVI, hit-skip, driving without a license, disorderly conduct, and 12 counts of animal-related crimes.