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Man tries to shoplift tweezers, lands in jail

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 13, 2010 at 9:05 am |
July 13, 2010 9:08 am

A 48-year-old man is facing theft and assault charges over an $8 pair of tweezers even he admitted he didn’t need.

The charges stem from an incident Friday at a pharmacy in Gig Harbor.

According to charging documents, Troy J. Montgomery went into the store, selected a pair of tweezers and put them in his pocket. A store employee spotted the activity, confronted Montgomery and told him she was calling police.

Montgomery took the tweezers from his pocket, threw them and headed for the door, court documents state.

The store’s pharmacist stepped into Montgomery’s path to stop him and was shoved aside. The pharmacist fell to the floor and suffered a 3-inch cut to his arm, court documents state.

Shoppers took Montgomery to the ground and detained him until Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrived.

A deputy asked Montgomery if he wanted to answer questions about what happened.

“Not really,” he replied, according to charging documents. “Besides being stupid, don’t even need the thing, about the dumbest thing I ever did.”

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Montgomery with third-degree assault and third-degree theft.

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