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Chico Police arrest man for shoplifting, find 250 syringes

The Chico Police Department conducted an unusual shoplifting arrest in Chico on Monday afternoon.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 6:44 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 3:24 PM

CHICO, Calif. – The Chico Police Department conducted an unusual shoplifting arrest in Chico on Monday afternoon.

At 2:37 p.m. officers responded to a shoplifting report from Kohl’s department store on Springfield Drive.

An employee told police they had seen the suspect riding a bicycle northbound toward Humboldt Rd. on the bike path.

They arrested 30-year-old Duke Clayton at the intersection of Humboldt Rd. and Bruce Street. Officers said the Kohl’s employees positively identified Clayton as the suspect.

Police confiscated what they said was stolen property – but found more than that.

They also said they found 250 syringes on Clayton. They did not say where the needles came from.

Clayton was arrested for shoplifting, possession of narcotics, and for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

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