Man charged with felony after alleged laptop theft


A Puyallup man was charged with a felony after allegedly stealing a $1,700 laptop from an Olympia store.

Kalid Michael Juma, 45, was charged with second-degree theft by the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney on June 16, after

Olympia police arrested him on June 13 followingr a reported theft at the Best Buy store in Capital Mall.

A loss prevention officer told police that Juma entered the store, detached a laptop from the security device, then left with it.

The employee said he immediately chased after the suspect. Two other men who saw the incident also followed Juma to assist the loss prevention officer.

The officer said that a large folding knife fell out of Juma’s pocket at one point, but the suspect never wielded it against him.

The employee said he picked up the knife and continued chasing Juma, who eventually handed the laptop to one of the two other men. The laptop was then returned to the officer.

The three men continued chasing the suspect, who yelled threats to shoot them. The employee said he did not see a weapon but noted that Juma was wearing baggy pants.

Police said the two men who helped the employee gave similar accounts of the incident.

The suspect was detained shortly after police arrived at the scene. Juma refused to provide a statement about the incident. However, after realizing that he was going to jail, the suspect began screaming that he had swallowed 30 to 40 Percocet pills.

Juma was given medical clearance by the Capitol Medical Center.

The suspect was booked into the Thurston County Jail for harassment – threats to kill and second-degree theft.


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