Police: Dixie man carried gun to steal snack cake


Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 10:04 p.m.

A Dixie County man has been accused of carrying a loaded revolver into a convenience store to steal a snack cake worth about $1.25.

James Michael Johnson, 18, of 1368 NE 642 St. in Old Town, was charged with aggravated assault and carrying a concealed firearm following the incident at the Tackle Box Convenience store on U.S. 19 in Fanning Springs on Friday.

A customer told deputies he saw Johnson hide a snack cake inside his pants.

Witnesses said Johnson walked out of the store and was told by a customer that he should not steal.

Johnson reportedly reached into his waistband, giving the customer a view of a gun.

Witnesses said the customer wrestled Johnson to the ground and disarmed him before deputies arrived.

Deputy Jimmy Anderson confiscated a loaded .22-caliber revolver before taking Johnson to the Levy County Jail. Sheriff's spokesman Captain Evan Sullivan said Johnson did not have a concealed firearm permit.

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