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VICTOR DELEON (COURTESY)

Mass. man indicted for carrying out robbery with a syringe


BRENTWOOD – A man who claimed he had AIDS and threatened to jab a loss prevention worker with a syringe has been indicted on felony robbery and theft charges.


Victor Deleon, 39, of Lawrence, Mass. is facing up to 7½ to 15 years in state prison for his Feb. 4 confrontation with the worker at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Salem.


Prosecutors say that Deleon's use of the needle could have been considered "a deadly weapon" to the victim.


The loss prevention worker, Craig Brewer, confronted Deleon after he allegedly tried to steal saw blades from the store, according to prosecutors.


Salem police say that Deleon and his partner are suspected of stealing from several Lowes stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.


A grand jury indicted Deleon on single counts of robbery and theft by unauthorized taking.


Deleon, who is being held at the Rockingham County jail, fled from Lowes store, located on Route 28, moments after the attempted shoplifting. He carried out the heist with an alleged partner, Victor Garcia, 32, of Lawrence, Mass., who is being sought by police.


Brewer, the loss prevention worker backed off once Deleon took the needle from his pocket and said "I have AIDS,"  police said.


Store workers were able to get a description and license plate of the car the men fled in.


Lawrence police detectives quickly identified Deleon after seeing surveillance photos released by Salem police.


Police say that Deleon might not be coming to New Hampshire right away to face charges.


Police in Salem, Mass. also had a warrant for Deleon’s arrest regarding a burglary.


In addition to the robbery charge, Deleon is facing a potential 3½ to 7 year prison sentence for the felony theft charge.


Lowes loss prevention staff told police they believe the two men are responsible for similar thefts at area stores based on information they’ve collected.


jkimble@newstote.com

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