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Transient Tries to Steal Meal, Throws Hot Soup on Malibu Ralphs Manager

Keith Frank, 40, is accused of trying to steal cigarettes, a roasted chicken and container of hot chili before getting into a tussle with a manager from the Ralphs in Malibu.

A Malibu transient was arrested last week on suspicion of trying to steal a meal and cigarettes before getting into a tussle with a Ralphs manager, slightly injuring him.

The strong-arm robbery and burglary was reported on Jan. 29 at the Ralphs at 23841 Malibu Road in Malibu, according to the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

Keith Frank, a 40-year-old transient known to frequent Malibu, was taken into custody on Jan. 29 and released on Feb. 3, according to jail records.

Frank told responding deputies, “You got me, I stole the cigarettes, it’s a petty theft, give me a ticket and let me go,” and placed stolen cigarettes on the hood of the patrol car.

Frank is accused of entering the store, and taking a roasted chicken worth $6.99 and a container of hot chili worth $3 and several packs of cigarettes worth $11.11, before walking out of the store without paying, according to investigators.

The grocery store manager tried to stop Frank, and grabbed the roasted chicken bag.

"During the struggle the suspect threw the container of the hot chili soup into the vicitim’s face, burning the back of his left ear," according to a report of the incident.

The manager slipped on the soup and fell to the ground, and the suspect left the area. About 10 minutes later, Frank returned and allegedly grabbed four packs of cigarettes and again left the store.

Deputies found Frank not far from the store, and arrested him. The manager, who refused medical attention, identified the transient from 20 feet away.

Marshall Thompson February 10, 2013 at 02:53 AM
I'm totally with you, Mark. I'm just sickened by the poisonous political atmosphere in the country today. We could have a long discussion about the underpinnings of the Vietnam War, but it goes further back with our relationship with the French who had colonized Vietnam for something like two centuries. Everywhere we cast our eyes globally we are seeing the bitter fruit of European and American colonization efforts in the Middle East, Africa, south East Asia, Central and South America. Allowing the spying on Bin Laden's hideout by intelligence agencies with workers posing as polio vaccination groups was a hideous misstep that has resulted in the deaths of many low-wage people trying to prevent polio in the slums of Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere where the disease still thrives. But back in Malibu, we have homeless among us that may cause fires, commit crimes, are alcoholics, drugged out or simply mad and we need to have resources to both help them resume a dignified life and protect responsible residents and our many visitors from their lawlessness.
Ben Dover February 10, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Sorry Malibu for confusing you with the other Malibu fool, my shorts are more then unstuffed. Just to let you know, Lost Hills Sheriff's do a great job of getting the dangerous homeless out of Malibu quickly........in Malibu we do not really have a big homeless problem. Most of the homeless are on a first name basis with the residents. Mental health is the problem, and elected officials care more about wasting our tax dollars on things like lagoons, esplanades, pensions, perks, and bonus's, then spending those dollars to truly help those who need it.
J. Flo February 10, 2013 at 07:48 AM
Beautifully said. I was at Ralph's with a friend last year in a heavy, cold downpour of rain. It was brutal. A man and his dog were huddled sleeping in a corner. When we walked up a Ralph's employee was harassing the guy yelling at him that a customer "complained" that he was laying there and he had to leave immediately. AND GO WHERE? Out into a storm? They had called the cops who were kicking him. We started to film it - well, that stopped it. Come on, grow a heart people. You never know when you might need a little help. Never say never . . . A sad commentary is right.
Mark Howell February 10, 2013 at 06:45 PM
"Get out of Malibu, Lebowski!"
Debbie Zak February 12, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Thanks for the info Malibu.....now I REALLY know why Texas can leave this country any damned time it wants. Perhaps you'd like to join them? This guy stole a chicken? Must have been pretty hungry. Help him, not throw him out with a bottle of water. By the way Malibu, I'd be more than happy to buy you a bottle of water. I'll even give you a free ride.

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