Pepper Spray & Wig Failure Dooms Appleware Robbery – December 20, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Solomon Clark assists the disguised Skylar Moser, who also selected the three-year Applecare warranty on the MacBook Pro he was about to run out the door with. Security cam photo courtesy Simply Macintosh

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

PLAZA – Simply Macintosh employee Solomon Clark was selling a MacBook Pro and iPad to a customer this morning when the man suddenly thought different – but only about the paying-for-it part.

Clark said the customer had settled on the two items, and he was about to show him accessories when things took an unexpected turn.

“He was holding both, which seemed kind of weird, when I went to show him where the cases were,” Clark said. “I turned around and he was on his way out the door.”

Skylar Austin Moser

Clark and fellow employee Hank Ketelsen gave chase as the man headed south, crossing Eighth Street to the area of the Arcata Post Office. Slowed in his escape by the boxes of Apple products he was toting, the fleeing suspect couldn’t outpace his pursuers.

When Clark and Ketelsen caught up with him, the suspect said, “Yo man, back off. I’m gonna shoot you with pepper spray,” Clark recalled.

At that point, a mail delivery vehicle drove up and Clark yelled, “He’s stealing stuff!” The postal employee then positioned the mail truck to block the suspect’s escape, but he eluded the blockage and  then ran a down the alley behind the Post Office to the area of Seventh and I streets.

There, the fleeing thief was blocked again, by a citizen driving another truck. The citizen got out and confronted the suspect, who again threatened use of pepper spray. “He told the guy, ‘Back off, I’ll spray you!’ and the guy said, ‘I don’t care,’” Ketelsen recalled.

The suspect apparently tried to spritz the citizen with the pepper spray, but Ketelsen said there was a misfire of some sort. “Nothing came out,” he said.

As Clark, Ketelsen and the citizen struggled to restrain the man for police, another passerby who apparently thought the three were mugging someone came over to assist the suspect. “He didn’t know what we were doing and didn’t want to see someone hassled,” Ketelsen said.

But at that point, the suspect’s blonde wig, sunglasses and gray beanie fell off, and his ruse collapsed along with any well-intentioned passerby intervention. “You’re wearing a wig. I’m not going to help you,” the citizen said, according to Ketelsen.

Police arrived within a minute or so, Ketelsen said, and arrested Skylar Austin Moser, 22, of Arcata. All of the stolen property was recovered.

Moser was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on charges of robbery, possession of tear gas over 2.5 ounces and use of a tear gas other than for self defense.

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29 Responses to “Pepper Spray & Wig Failure Dooms Appleware Robbery – December 20, 2011”

  1. Scott

    Thin the herd.

    #49180
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    #49702
  3. Omg! i knew him! he was a MP at Foet Lewis!

    #64433
  4. Omg! i knew him! he was a MP at Foet Lewis!

    #65711
  5. Omg! i knew him! he was a MP at Foet Lewis!

    #66043
  6. Omg! i knew him! he was a MP at Foet Lewis!

    #66177
  7. You dated his friend

    #65251
  8. You dated his friend

    #65713
  9. You dated his friend

    #66045
  10. You dated his friend

    #66179
  11. Samson Blakeslee

    That's amazing. Glad to see he's doing well.

    #65252
  12. Samson Blakeslee

    That's amazing. Glad to see he's doing well.

    #65714
  13. Samson Blakeslee

    That's amazing. Glad to see he's doing well.

    #66046
  14. Samson Blakeslee

    That's amazing. Glad to see he's doing well.

    #66180
  15. That's our boy haha

    #65254
  16. That's our boy haha

    #65715
  17. That's our boy haha

    #66047
  18. That's our boy haha

    #66181
  19. if he was my first mentor does this mean i have to go steal an ipad using pepper spray???

    #65274
  20. if he was my first mentor does this mean i have to go steal an ipad using pepper spray???

    #65716
  21. if he was my first mentor does this mean i have to go steal an ipad using pepper spray???

    #66048
  22. if he was my first mentor does this mean i have to go steal an ipad using pepper spray???

    #66182
  23. Robert Parrish

    for some reason it doesnt supries me that moser would do this… the cops would have laughed if they knew he use to be a MP

    #70711
  24. Robert Parrish

    haha Taylor Bowsher he was your go to when you were the new guy lol

    #70712
  25. Brian McCormick

    HAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Is he wearing the army fleece cap?!?!?

    #70714

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