Toronto police have laid multiple charges in a series of alleged liquor store thefts valued at more than $38,000.

Officers responded to a theft at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario location in the city's west end earlier this month.

They allege the man had entered the store, chosen an item and left without attempting to pay.

Officers allege the suspect in that theft, who's now in custody, is also believed to have carried out a series of past thefts.

He's now been charged with 56 counts of theft under $5,000, as well as failing to comply with probation and failing to comply with a recognizance.

The LCBO has ramped up security at some locations amid reports of an increase in brazen thefts.

In January, police charged two men with after a separate series of thefts at LCBO locations led to the loss of more than $92,000 worth of product.