On July 28, Frank Ramos was store manager of the Clark Drug Store in Temple City. He was responsible for running all the operations of the store, including safeguarding store merchandise, but he was not a security officer.
At about 11 a.m. he observed Betty Jo Buonauro standing behind a counter, where customers were normally not allowed, in the photo department. Expensive items were stored at that display counter and on the shelf behind. Mr. Ramos stepped briefly into a storeroom and when he came back out Betty Jo Buonauro was gone from the counter. A customer came up to Frank Ramos and said, “A lady just took two radios Continue reading “Betty Jo Buonauro Convicted Radio Theft from Drug Store”
About 9 p.m. on September 20, William Perkins, a police officer of the City of Los Angeles, who worked as a part-time employee for Thrifty Drug Store in detecting and apprehending shoplifters, observed Wayne Edward Hooker engaged over a period of 30 minutes in removing various items of merchandise from counters in the drugstore and secreting them on his person. When Wayne Hooker left the store without having paid for the merchandise, William Perkins displayed his badge and said, “I’m a police officer and you are under arrest for shoplifting.” Wayne Hooker knocked William Perkins down and started to run. William Perkins caught up, and Wayne Hooker hit him in the head and kicked him several times and again ran away. William Perkins again caught up, Wayne Hooker drew a knife, and Continue reading “Wayne Hooker Guilty of Shoplifting and Battery on a Peace Officer”
On December 5, Russell Allen Hackler pleaded guilty to a single count of petty theft with a prior robbery conviction. He also admitted a prior prison term enhancement allegation. Russell Hackler and another man were apprehended when each took two 12-packs of beer from a store without paying for them.
On January 2, the court offered Russell Hackler a grant of probation for three years with certain conditions. Russell Hackler accepted the offer, so the court suspended imposition of sentence and placed him on probation. Because Russell Hackler was then incarcerated for parole violation, the probation conditions were to take effect when he was released in April. The conditions included 118 days in jail (satisfied with 118 days of presentence credit); a requirement that Russell Hackler report to the court daily until such time as he found employment; a directive that Russell Hackler attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings thrice weekly; and finally, a requirement that Russell Hackler wear as an outer garment a court-supplied T-shirt whenever he was outside his home during the first year of probation. That T-shirt stated on the front, “My record plus two six-packs equals four years,” and on the back, “I am on felony probation for theft.” Continue reading “Russell Hackler Convicted Shoplifting Beer from Supermarket”