- Associated Press - Thursday, August 3, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man told a Home Depot employee he has AIDS and threatened to “stick” him with a hypodermic needle as he was being questioned about shoplifting items from the store.

WKMG reports a security officer in the Orlando store spotted 47-year-old Dennis Hamlett taking two Bosch grinders from their boxes and placing them in his pants Tuesday afternoon. When Hamlett left the store, a loss prevention officer approached him and told him to give the merchandise back.

An Orange County Sheriff’s arrest report says Hamlett refused, adding he didn’t steal anything. Hamlett then brandished a needle and threatened the employee.

The employee called 911 while Hamlett ran.

Deputies found him nearby and arrested him on petit theft and armed robbery charges. Jail records don’t list a lawyer.

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