Shoplifter threatened people with knife

Jan. 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM
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ORANGE CITY, Fla., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Florida authorities said a man caught trying to return items he had not yet purchased at a Walmart brandished a knife and threatened a "bloodbath."

Orange City police said Wayne Clark, 48, a transient, picked up a $7.78 bag of cat food and a $4.48 24-pack of soda from the store around 3:50 p.m. Thursday and waited in a checkout line for a few minutes before going to the customer service desk and attempting to return the items for cash without first buying them, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Monday.

Clark successfully obtained the cash, but he was stopped by a loss prevention officer and a customer before he could leave the store.

Police said Clark brandished a "10-inch silver blade with wood and gold handle ... and stated to them, 'Don't turn this into a bloodbath.'"

Officers arrived and took Clark into custody. The $13.59 was recovered.

Clark said during his arrest he wanted to return to the Walmart to find the people who detained him and "make them feel how cold steel feels like in the neck," the arrest report stated.

Clark was arrested on charges of petit theft, resisting a transit agent while committing a theft and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail.

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