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Police arrest alleged NorthTown Mall shoplifter who had fake gun

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Police say Jared Pilon attempted to pull the fake gun shown here out of his waistband while shoplifting but was unable to because it was stuck. (Courtesy of the Spokane Police Department)
Police say Jared Pilon attempted to pull the fake gun shown here out of his waistband while shoplifting but was unable to because it was stuck. (Courtesy of the Spokane Police Department)

A shoplifting situation at NorthTown Mall escalated Tuesday evening when the suspect allegedly attempted to pull out a realistic-looking fake gun.

Security from J.C. Penney attempted to detain a suspected shoplifter identified by the Spokane Police Department as 32-year-old Jared Pilon.

Pilon attempted to pull what appeared to be a gun out of his waistband but was unable to because it was stuck, police say. He then ran through the store and outside, according to a Spokane Police Department statement.

Security called the police and described Pilon. Patrol officers, who were already in the area, found Pilon a block from the mall and took him into custody, the statement says.

Pilon was in possession of methamphetamine, stolen credit cards and a fake handgun, according to police.

He also had three outstanding warrants for his arrest.

Pilon was booked for those warrants, including two for theft and one for possessing a stolen vehicle, and for new charges of robbery, possession of stolen property and possession of meth.

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