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.