Man arrested after confronting shoplifter

Mark Stannebein

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s a safe bet this guy didn’t expect to be in court Saturday.

He’s a convenience store clerk arrested for pulling a gun after chasing a woman for stealing a candy bar.

It happened at the Circle-K at Central and Pennsylvania on May 29.

According to the criminal complaint, 28-year-old Mark Stannebein first accosted the shoplifting suspect, and then pulled a gun when two men stepped in to intervene.

Police say the two men didn’t know Stannebein was a store employee.

The men fought over the gun. The gun went off, but no one was hurt.

Stannebein was arrested for aggravated assault and carrying a gun in liquor establishment.

The candy bar shoplifting suspect was issued a criminal summons.

Police say she also stole the clerk’s wallet during the struggle for the gun. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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