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Wal-Mart incident elevated to robbery

Original post made on Sep 30, 2011

A simple shoplifting charge was elevated to robbery in a Sept. 24 incident at Wal-Mart, a police report said. A man had stolen small items and was leaving the store when another man attempted to stop him to make a citizens' arrest; the thief pushed his accuser, according to the report. California law defines robbery as taking property "by means of force or fear."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 30, 2011, 6:26 AM

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Was it food, baby diapers, necessities, or did he bag a TV?

Help us to decide whether this guy needs a referral to welfare services or the criminal justice system.


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Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Hey Mike, since when do you or anyone on this forum get to decide what this guy 'needs'?

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm


Since no arrest has been made, I thought it might still be open for debate.

Seriously, though, what he stole and why he stole it should be an important factor in deciding how he is dealt with.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

The thief would most likely benefit from a referral to jail!

Maybe counseling...dare I even guess what he might "need".

It seems to me that the thought police are on patrol today so WATCH OUT!

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Posted by Main Street Jay Walker
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

It's hard to do, but I feel sorry for the theft that blatantly goes on at WalMart.As an old enforcement guy, it's hard to watch all manner of thieves pocketing items. Two women stealing sunglasses and make-up. A mother stuffing goods in her baby carriage, a young kid brazenly walking out the store while the lovely lady in the wheel chair sits helpless as the alarm goes off.

I'm glad that a a few citizens take it upon themselves to stop the thieves ... and yes ... I know ... it's dangerous. But, WalMart just passes it on to US, the good old trusty customer.

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Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Oct 1, 2011 at 11:05 am

Never Never Never!!! ever try to stop a person from shoplifting. My daughter is in retail and says that you do not stop someone for petty theft. You could end up dead or badly injured. The merchandise is not worth the loss of a life. Thats what they have insurance for. Call the police and give a description of the person or other details like a car or the person with that person. But NEVER EVER try to stop a shoplifter.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Tango's post makes a good point about the potential danger facing retail workers and civilians on a daily basis, which makes one wonder about its affect on stress levels among the general population.

Could one compare this situation to the situation faced by individuals working in law enforcement?


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