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Jan 21, 2013 3:13 PM by Brian White

Knife-wielding thief arrested near Albertson's

TUCSON - A shoplifter who pulled a knife on employees at a grocery store after stealing liquor has been arrested by police.

Police say that 23-year-old Christopher Smith entered the Albertson's in the 6300 Block of East 22nd Street Jan. 19 with a black duffel bag. He was seen loading the bag with 8 bottles of liquor and then tried to leave.

Employees of the store tried to stop him at the store's entrance but Smith pulled a knife on them and threatened to cut them if they got any closer, Tucson Police said.

Smith then fled on a bicycle, but two employees followed him and flagged down the responding officers.

Smith was booked into Pima County Jail and charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault.

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