Man threatens to stab security with screwdriver after second failed shoplifting attempt

A local man already wanted for shoplifting is now facing even more charges after wielding a screwdriver and threatening to stab store security following a second failed shoplifting attempt.

The 57-year-old man entered a downtown grocery store at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jun. 4. After loading a cart with “several meat items,” the man walked out of the store without paying, according to a press release from Kingston Police. A security guard with the store confronted the accused, identifying himself as a loss prevention officer. The accused then tossed the items and pulled out both a screwdriver and a pair of pliers. He then threatened to stab the store security officer while swinging the screwdriver at him.

The accused proceeded to flee on foot, and the complainant gave chase, finally cornering the accused inside a building currently under renovation. The security officer called Kingston Police, who found the accused coming down stairs with a piece of pipe in his hand upon arrival.

The accused was taken to Kingston Police Headquarters, and held to attend a bail hearing the following day (Jun. 5). He was already wanted for multiple counts of breach of probation and a previous shoplifting attempt where he tried to steal over $500 worth of merchandise. He is now also charged with uttering threats, assault with a weapon, two counts of theft, and four counts of breach of probation.

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