SAFFORD – Police observed a man entering Walmart on Tuesday, January 30, wearing a ski mask and gloves. The officer followed the man into the store and caught up to him in the soda aisle. The man in the ski mask asked if he had committed a crime, if he was being detained and if he had to answer the officer’s questions. The officer replied, “no,” to all three questions. The officer continued to observe the masked man as he continued about his business.
The officer made contact with a store manager who said the man should not have been allowed in the store wearing a mask and requested that he be removed from the property. When the masked man was asked to leave he allegedly claimed that he had previously spoken with store management and well as corporate and was allowed to be in the store. The man complied with a second request to leave the store.