Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 22, 2011

Shoplifting takes violent turn

Suspect pulls razor knife after chase

by Glenn Wohltmann

A routine shoplifting bust at the Stoneridge Shopping Center nearly ended in violence when a suspect being chased by a security guard confronted and threatened his pursuer, a police report said

The incident took place between 8:25 and 8:30 p.m. July 17 at JC Penny when a suspect was accused of the theft of a $68 pair of Nike high-top sneakers. The suspect ran, and a loss prevention worker gave chase, but the man stopped, turned and produced a folding razor blade knife and threatened the worker, according to the report.

The man then ran toward a parking structure on Stoneridge Mall Road; police set up a perimeter in the area but the suspect was not located. He is described as a white male, 5 feet 9-10 inches tall, weighing 150 to 160 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a hat and gray and white striped shirt. No further description was available.

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