Nevada County robbery: Theft of DVDs becomes a robbery with a push
December 1, 2016
A Grass Valley man accused of stealing DVDs from a Glenbrook Basin store faces a robbery charge because he pushed a clerk as he fled the area, police said.
Justin Matthew Pelt, 33, is charged with robbery. Booked Wednesday night into the Nevada County Jail, he remained behind bars Thursday on a probation violation, jail records state.
Police responded around 5 p.m. Wednesday to the Dollar General, 2033 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley. They learned that a suspect, later identified as Pelt, had stolen DVDs and then left the store, Sgt. Dan Kimbrough said.
A clerk followed Pelt from the store. Pelt then accidentally dropped the DVDs, valued at $100, he added.
"He went to pick them up," Kimbrough said of Pelt. "The clerk confronted him."
Pelt then pushed the clerk and fled the area. Officers found him minutes later at Walgreens, 880 Sutton Way, the sergeant said.
The theft rose to a robbery accusation because Pelt used force — pushing the clerk — during the crime, Kimbrough said.
"There was force involved when he took the items, so it counts as a robbery," he added.
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