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Grass Valley police say shoplifting turned into robbery

Scott Michael Gilbert

A Grass Valley man accused of trying to shoplift miniature liquor bottles and beef jerky remained Wednesday in the Nevada County Jail on robbery and obstruction accusations, police said.

Scott Michael Gilbert, 49, is charged with robbery, threatening a crime with the intent to terrorize and obstruction/resisting an officer. He also faces a parole violation, reports state.

The charges stem from Gilbert's attempt to steal about $45 to $50 worth of 500 mL bottles of E&J Brandy and beef jerky, Lt. Joe Matteoni said.

According to Matteoni, Gilbert around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday entered a gas station in the 200 block of South Auburn Street. He grabbed the brandy and beef jerky, demanded a bag from employees and refused to pay for the items. Gilbert then tried to leave.

"One of the employees attempted to detain him," Matteoni added.

Gilbert pushed the employee and left the store, though he was caught in the parking lot and held until officers arrived, Matteoni said.

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Gilbert threatened the employee, saying he'd return to the store and murder him, he added.

"He was threatening the officers to let him go, or he was going to kill him," Matteoni said.

Police then arrested Gilbert.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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