Accused shoplifter facing serious charges after pulling knife on loss prevention officer

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)– A man accused of trying to steal some shoes from the Kohl’s at Coronado Center caused some scary moments for a loss prevention officer.

According to a criminal complaint, store security saw 53-year-old Richard Gallant trying to walk out with shoes under his shirt.

Police say the loss prevention officer confronted Gallant and that’s when Gallant pulled out a knife.

Mall security says they eventually got Gallant to drop the knife and the shoes after spraying him with mace.

Gallant is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Gallant is being held on a $2,500 cash or surety bond.

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