Convicted Walgreens’ thief: “I feel like the victim”

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 2:53 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—A convicted thief claims he is a victim because of what the store clerk did when she busted him shoplifting.

Richard Edmonds was recently convicted of shoplifting, but police said he also pulled a knife on a Walgreens’ employee when she confronted him about stealing. Edmonds said that is when the clerk punched him in the face. Edmonds admitted he does not remember being punched. However, he admitted to being sore the next day.

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Court records showed Edmonds was stealing Playboy cologne and other items in December 2012 when things got out of control.

Edmonds told KREM 2 News it was a poor choice when he tried to shoplift from the North Spokane Walgreens. The manager said Edmonds pulled a knife on her when she confronted him. In turn, the manager punched Edmonds in the face. He later said he did not deserve it.

“Actually I feel like the victim,” said Edmonds.

He claimed that the knife never left his pocket.

“The only reason I had the knife is because I was trying to help someone at a gas station,” said Edmonds. “They approached me and needed food for their family.”

Edmonds maintained that he is a nice guy. The convicted thief said he will prove it by staying on the right side of the law in the future.

A judge sentenced Edmonds to one year in jail. He promised to focus on bettering the community once he is released.

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