CLEARFIELD — A 33-year-old man found himself charged with a second-degree felony after police say he walked out of a store with $8.43 worth of merchandise and didn’t pay for it.
Shaun Christopher Mattson was charged in 2nd District Court on Friday with robbery and interference with an officer, a class B misdemeanor.
Mattson walked out of Winegar’s on Wednesday with a Red Bull and yogurt containers inside his pockets, said Assistant Police Chief Mike Stenquist.
Store employees confronted Mattson after he left the store. He came back and returned the items, but refused to stay until police arrived, according to court documents.
Instead, he pushed the employees out of his way and left.
“Under the robbery statute, if you use force or violence in committing the theft or escaping, (a shoplifting charge) becomes a robbery,” said Deputy Davis County Attorney Steve Major.