A 19-year-old Mountain View woman was arrested and charged with robbery after she turned herself in Wednesday (April 26) for attempting to steal two cans of malt liquor from a convenience store on Castro Street, according to police.
"This is kind of an interesting one," said police spokeswoman Liz Wylie. "It goes in the 'Really?' category."
The incident occurred at about 4:15 p.m., Wylie said. The woman, identified as Kaylinda Zapar, allegedly walked into Easy Foods liquor store at 299 Castro St. and put two cans of malt liquor into her purse, according to the shop's owners, who both witnessed it.
One of the owners, a 56-year-old woman, attempted to stop Zapar from leaving the store. A struggle ensued and both Zapar and the female shop owner fell to the ground. Because there was a struggle, and because the shop owner was injured in her fall, the case is being considered a robbery, Wylie said.
However, police may have never even learned of the incident at all if Zapar hadn't flagged down an officer about 45 minutes after the attempted theft.
Wylie said that Zapar apparently "felt bad" about the crime and decided to tell a police officer about it.
"She felt guilty," Wylie said. "We're not complaining. She did the right thing."
Zapar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of her arrest, Wylie said, but she wasn't so intoxicated that she would have been charged with being drunk in public.