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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shopper Steals Socks But Pays for Underwear During Robbery at Mission District Store (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM

click to enlarge Incidentally, Adam Rowbury didn't have to pay for these prison scrubs either - SFPD
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  • Incidentally, Adam Rowbury didn't have to pay for these prison scrubs either

Update 11:56 a.m.: Well, we got more details on this incident -- and they're kinda nuts. Sgt. Danielle Newman told us that the suspect -- identified as 23-year-old Adam Rowbury of Fairfax -- had walked into the store two hours prior to his arrest. He browsed the store that entire time, but touched nothing until he came across something that he did fancy: a blue superman shirt.

Rowbury allegedly stripped naked, put on the shirt, a pair of underwear, and a pair of socks and walked up to the counter where he paid for everything but the socks. The security guard, who had his eye on Rowbury the whole two hours, took note of this. After Rowbury left, the security guard looked at the receipt which confirmed the suspect had paid for everything but the socks. The guard chased after Rowbury where a fight ensued -- punches were thrown on both ends. Eventually, the security guard got the suspect in handcuffs, and called the cops. Rowbury was arrested on suspicion of robbery and a probation violation. Here's what he looks like, sans the Superman shirt.

Original story 10 a.m.: A 23-year-old man was arrested on Monday after he allegedly shoplifted a pair of socks after buying underwear and a shirt from a Mission District store.

Details were scarce this morning, but Officer Gordon Shyy says that at about 2:38 p.m., the man walked into a store on the 2600 block of Mission Street to a little shopping. According to police, the man grabbed a shirt, underwear, and a pair of socks, and dressed himself in the new clothing.

The man then paid for the shirt and underwear, but for unknown reasons, he refused to pay for the socks, police said. The sock thief bolted out of the store with his new items, and a security guard chased after him.

The guard caught up with the thief who then turned around and punched him several times in the face.

The suspect was arrested and hauled to San Francisco County Jail where he got a free pair of scrubs.

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