A 27-year-old Sonora man was arrested Monday afternoon after he ran out of Walmart with food hidden in his clothing and shoved an employee.
According to a Sonora Police Department press release, an officer was patrolling the parking lot of the Crossroads Shopping Center off Sanguinetti Road in Sonora when he saw a man who shoved an employee out the doors of the business.
The officer learned later the suspect was seen inside the store, hiding $10 worth of food in his clothes. When an employee challenged him at the exit, the suspect became aggressive, yelling at him and pushing him backwards toward and out the door.
The officer followed the sounds of the disturbance and the suspect, who ran in the direction of Petsmart. When the officer intercepted him, the press release described the suspect as “aggressive and noncooperative.”
According to Sonora Police Department logs, an officer was out with Abate on the side of Walmart at 4:35 p.m.
When the suspect was detained, he was also found to be in possession of an open bottle of alcohol, the press release said.
Kyle C. Abate, 27, of Sonora, was charged with felony robbery because of his use of violence to commit the theft, the press release said. Typically, the arrest would only rise to shoplifting.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office booking logs, Abate was booked into Tuolumne County Jail at 4:54 p.m.
His bail was set at $50,000 and as of Wednesday morning he remains in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail.
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