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Nelson shoplifter gets more than he bargains for

Nelson police had to deal with an angry shoplifter last week. - file photo
Nelson police had to deal with an angry shoplifter last week.
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A routine shoplifting apprehension turned into a threat that landed the thief in jail.

Just before noon on Friday, the Nelson Police Department received a call about a shoplifter at the Real Canadian Wholesale Club. Staff reportedly apprehended a 29-year-old Nelson male after he attempted to the depart store with a quantity of concealed goods.

Upon apprehension the male became combative and threatened to stab staff members with a hypodermic needle which he claimed was filled with HIV contaminated blood.

NPD members arrived on scene and immediately arrested the male for Uttering Threats and Theft under $5,000.

The male was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in Nelson Court on Tuesday.

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