MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A man remains behind bars after Mobile Police said he stuffed 39 Blu-ray DVDs down his pants then tried to leave the store.
Police said a Rangeline Road Walmart loss prevention officer tried to stop Michael Law, 27, from leaving the store Monday, June 10. They said Law hit the officer and bit him on the left arm.
The officer was able to hold Law at the store until police arrived
"What's significant about this is this changes everything," said MPD spokesman Chris Levy. "It changes it simply from being a theft, to a violent felony and robbery third degree."
Police call the injuries to the officer minor. Law's new charges are a different story.
"Under Alabama law, if you are trying to prevent someone from shoplifting you can stop them and hold them and detain them until the officers arrive," Levy said. "If that person then chooses to fight back with you or make an effort to cause injuries to you, it's no longer theft; it's a robbery."
It's another charge on Law's long rap sheet. Jail records show he's been arrested eight times in the past four years.
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