Shoplifters Bite, Assault Store Security by; Rick McCann www.privateofficer.com


Petaluma Ca. Oct. 29, 2007


Two Marin City residents were arrested Thursday after one of them allegedly stole items from a supermarket in the Gateway Shopping Center and they then scuffled with a security guard, said Sgt. Mark Hunter of the Petaluma Police Department.

A security guard in Lucky’s Supermarket at Lakeville Street and Caulfield Lane reportedly observed Michelle Suhrke, 31, put electronic equipment, alcohol and other items in her purse. Suhrke left the store at around 4:45 p.m. without paying for the items, and the security officer then approached her in the parking lot.When the security guard attempted to place her under citizens arrest for theft and started retrieving the items from her purse, Suhrke bit and struck the guard, and called for help from Richard Bonner, 37, who was waiting for her in the parking lot, Hunter said.

Bonner began assaulting the guard as all three people struggled for the purse containing the stolen items. The guard eventually was able to secure the purse, and the two suspects then ran to a parked car and drove off.The guard was able to obtain the license plates of their vehicle, and at around 9:30 p.m., deputies from the Marin County Sheriff’s Department located and arrested them at the request of Petaluma police.They were booked into Sonoma County Jail for attempted robbery, and Bonner also was held without bail for violating conditions of his parole.


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