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Man stole from Walmart, threatened staff with knife, Pinellas Park police say

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: December 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

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A St. Petersburg man was arrested Wednesday after he stole an item at a Pinellas Park Walmart and then brandished a knife at staff.

No one was injured in the confrontation at the Walmart, 8001 U.S. Highway 19 N., the Pinellas Park Police Department said.

Scott Lyelee, 30, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, felony petit theft and resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department.

When Lyelee was attempting to run out of the store, he brandished a knife and threatened the staff, police said.

Officers arrived and saw Lyelee running from the store. Officers chased him as he ran into a wooded area in the 8800 block of U.S. 19, police said.

A Pinellas Park police K-9 unit located Lyelee and he was arrested.

Lyelee was released from the Marion Correctional Institution a year ago after serving less than two years for grand theft, police said.

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