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Stanford Report, June 28, 2000

Bookstore shoplifting incident turns into strongarm robbery

A misdemeanor shoplifting incident at the Stanford Bookstore June 15 turned into a felony strongarm robbery when the suspect struggled with security guards trying to detain him. The suspect is described as a heavyset white adult male, about 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, with dark short hair, a moustache and goatee. With a video camera, a bookstore security officer observed the suspect stuffing several books under the waistband of his pants, front and back. Two security guards followed the suspect after he left the store and tried to detain him between the bookstore and the post office. When they tried to handcuff him, the suspect pushed one security guard away and hit the other across the chest with a closed-fisted forearm, knocking him down. The suspect ran away, pulling out of his pants seven books valued at $368 and throwing them at the pursuing guards. In the Law School parking lot, he entered a late model black Ford Ranger stepside pickup truck with California plates and drove over a sidewalk and onto Campus Drive toward Junipero Serra Boulevard. A strongarm robbery carries a maximum punishment of 5 years in prison. Shoplifting, in contrast, carries a fine not to exceed $1,000, jail time up to 6 months, or both. No warrant has yet been issued in the case. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Sgt. Hilary Karp at the Stanford Department of Public Safety at 725-2151. SR