Last week it was somebody at the Lathrop Target store that used keys to try and steal electronics from locked cases.
On Monday, it was a man with a knife that threatened to stab store security if they didn’t let him go after he caught shoplifting.
According to Lathrop Police Services, Rufino Quan entered the Lathrop Target on Monday and attempted to steal approximately $415 worth of items from the store. When he was stopped by loss prevention officers who attempted to detain him, Quan removed a knife from his pocket and threatened to stab them if they didn’t let him leave the store.
He walked away from the scene without incident.
Based off of witness reports and video surveillance, responding Lathrop Police officers were able to identify the assailant – a resident of Stockton – and took him into custody at his home.
Quan is being charged with felony counts of robbery, making criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail on $400,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in division M1 of the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin Superior Court today at 1:30 p.m. to answer to the charges against him.
This is the second time in as many weeks that Lathrop Police officers have responded to an incident at the Lathrop Target store – arresting Stevin Blevins outside of the exit last week after he used a key to unlock valuable electronic items like tablets from their holding cases and attempted to walk out of the store.
Detectives in that case were investigating whether Blevins may have been responsible for a similar theft at a Target store in Tracy, and where he may have obtained the keys necessary to access sections of the store that are typically reserved only for employees.
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