Shoplifting call leads to robbery arrest

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, January 30, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

An Alabaster man is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $101,000 after police said he resisted a loss prevention officer at a department store in the South Promenade.


Police arrested 41-year-old Kyle Dewayne Mixon on Jan. 24 and charged him with one felony count of third-degree robbery and one misdemeanor count of third-degree theft of property. According to police reports, a loss-prevention officer at a department store in the 200 block of South Colonial Drive approached Mixon after the suspect allegedly tried to shoplift four pairs of children’s jeans valued at $32 and a children’s T-shirt valued at $9 from the store.

“Loss prevention tried to approach him and escort him back into the store, but he resisted and tried to run out,” said Alabaster Police Department Lt. Jeff Anthony. “The statute says if you try to take someone’s property by force, it’s classified as a robbery.”

Police apprehended the suspect shortly after the incident, and the items were returned to the store, according to police reports.

Anthony said no injuries were reported in the incident.

According to Alabama law, third-degree robbery is a Class C felony, and occurs when a person “uses force against the person of the owner or any person present with intent to overcome his physical resistance or physical power of resistance.”