HOOKSETT — A Berlin man is facing criminal charges after Hooksett police say he pulled a knife on a Kohl’s employee who caught him stealing sneakers on Wednesday.
Hooksett police said officers responding to a reported shoplifting at the Kohl’s store at 200 Quality Drive spoke with a worker in the parking lot who said a shoplifter had pulled a knife on her when she tried to stop him from stealing from the store.
After the woman provided officers with a description of the man and the vehicle he drove off in, police stopped a vehicle matching that description on West River Road, driven by Zachary Labrecque, 31, of Berlin. During the stop, the pair of stolen sneakers were found in Labrecque’s possession and a pocket knife was found on his person. Police also determined his driver’s license was suspended.
Labrecque was arrested on charges of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, theft by unauthorized taking, and operating after suspension.
He was released on public recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 5 in Merrimack County Superior Court.