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Police: Man brandishes knife at store employee

Oct. 06, 2012 @ 12:49 AM

The following information was provided by reports filed with the Barboursville Police Department:

BRANDISHING: An employee at a store in the Huntington Mall reported a man entered the store during the afternoon of Sept. 30 and told the employee he was going to steal a phone. When the employee told the man he would get arrested for taking the phone, the man replied "What about this?" and pulled a knife from his pocket. The employee said the man appeared to be intoxicated.

EMBEZZLEMENT: A loss prevention employee at Macy's at the Huntington Mall reported a sales attendant conducted a faulty transaction involving two men on Monday.

The employee reported two men brought four shirts to the register area, and the attendant rang up three of the shirts before voiding the transaction. The attendant then went to another register and removed the security tags from the shirts, and she allowed the men to pay the price of one shirt while leaving the store with all four.

The total loss to the store was $239.50. The incident remains under investigation.

GRAND LARCENY, ENTERING WITHOUT BREAKING: A 40-year-old Ohio man reported he was installing ceramic flooring at a residence in the 1100 block of McClung Avenue on Sept. 29 when someone took $1,678 in tools from his vehicle.

SHOPLIFTING: Officers responded to two shoplifting reports at two stores last week.

The first incident took place on Sept. 26 at The Home Depot along Thundering Herd Drive, where an employee reported a man and woman selected $200 worth of copper pipe fittings and placed them into the woman's purse. They left the store without paying for the merchandise, and they fled from the store in a vehicle. Employees were able to obtain a license plate number and vehicle description.

The other incident took place Sunday at JCPenney at the Huntington Mall, where an employee reported a woman entered the store and concealed $320 in apparel in her purse and attempted to leave the store without paying for it. Officers issued the 23-year-old Ashland woman a citation, and she was released from custody.

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