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Attempt to steal work pants from Fife store foiled when security officers detain knife-wielding suspect, police say

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on May 2, 2013 at 6:00 am |
May 1, 2013 11:05 pm

Security officers caught and detained a man who tried to take work pants from a Fife sporting goods store Tuesday without paying for them, despite the man’s attempt to ward them off with a knife, according to Fife police.

Police officers arrived and arrested the man for investigation of first-degree robbery. A second suspect who also entered the store offered $20 for each pair of pants he could steal, the other man told police. The second man fled in a car, Fife police said.

They said they were following leads Wednesday to try to find him.

Police gave this account of the alleged robbery:

The two suspects entered the store in the 4600 block of 20th Street East about 4 p.m. and one walked out with the pants tucked under his arm, without paying.

Security personnel of the store chased the suspect with the stolen goods, who pointed  a knife at them when they caught up.

He threw the pants at them and tried to flee, but the security officers were able to detain him until police arrived.

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