Woman turns herself in for trying to steal liquor

Because of scuffle with store owner, she is charged with robbery

A 19-year-old Mountain View woman was arrested and charged with robbery after she turned herself in yesterday for attempting to steal two cans of malt liquor from a convenience store on Castro Street, according to police.

"This is kind of an interesting one," said police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. "It goes in the 'Really?' category."

The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m. on April 26, Wylie said. The woman, identified as Kaylinda Zapar, allegedly walked into Easy Foods liquor store at 299 Castro St. and put two cans of malt liquor into her purse, according to the shop's owners, who both witnessed it.

One of the owners, a 56-year-old woman, attempted to stop Zapar from leaving the store. A struggle ensued and both Zapar and the female shop owner fell to the ground. Because there was a struggle, and because the shop owner was injured in her fall, the case is being considered a robbery, Wylie said.

However, police may have never even learned of the incident at all if Zapar hadn't flagged down an officer about 45 minutes after the attempted theft.

Wylie said that Zapar apparently "felt bad" about the crime and decided to tell a police officer about it.

"She felt guilty," Wylie said. "We're not complaining. She did the right thing."

Zapar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of her arrest, Wylie said, but she wasn't so intoxicated that she would have been charged with being drunk in public.


 +   Like this comment
Posted by Dumas
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 27, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Malt liquor is a strong beer. These beers tend to be mildly hopped and are not very bitter.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Michael
a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 28, 2011 at 7:06 am

[Post removed: off topic]

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Lanee
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

[Post removed: off topic]

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Mary
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 28, 2011 at 9:14 am

Re; comments - Wow!

 +   Like this comment
Posted by NeHi
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

We didn't learn if the loot was recovered; I suspect not.

 +   Like this comment
Posted by Marshall
a resident of Whisman Station
on Apr 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I glad some people still have morals! =)

You did the right thing by telling the police, Zapar! Now do the right thing and do not repeat your crimes. Give back to the community that you have taken from.

Best of luck to all!

 +   Like this comment
Posted by girl
a resident of Willowgate
on Apr 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Just another example of MV harboring an illegal and then getting the shaft!

 +   Like this comment
Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm

USA is a registered user.

It looks like there is an opportunity for a positive outcome. I hope she continues back on the path.

Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Continuation of Office Cap Discussion
By Steve Levy | 19 comments | 3,503 views

By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 2 comments | 2,501 views

Ramen shop replaces Muracciís in Los Altos
By Elena Kadvany | 11 comments | 2,371 views

"Itís Not About the Nail"
By Chandrama Anderson | 5 comments | 1,794 views

Are You Introverted or Extroverted, and Does it Even Matter?
By Caroline Fleck | 6 comments | 864 views