Mountain View Voice

News - December 31, 2010

Crime brief

Walmart TV thief

A man threatened to run over two Walmart employees with his minivan on Dec. 23, after walking out of the store with a television and several handheld videogame consoles he hadn't paid for, police said.

The thief — who the employees described as a Hispanic male in his 40s, of medium build and wearing a dark shirt and light blue jeans — walked out of the rear emergency exit of the Mountain View Walmart, pushing a shopping cart filled with a flat screen plasma TV and multiple Nintendo DSi devices, setting off a door alarm, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

Two employees, who heard the alarm, pursued the man and yelled for him to stop, Wylie said. He refused, and said he would run the employees over if they attempted to stop him.

He loaded the TV into his car but left the Nintendo units, and drove off, Wylie said. Police do not know the make of his light blue minivan or where he went.

—Nick Veronin

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