Man arrested for shoplifting iPhone, punching mall security

Ryan Sumner
Ryan Sumner

NANUET – A Florida man has been charged with multiple criminal offenses which stemmed from allegedly shoplifting from two separate stores and an escape attempt that turned ugly when he attacked mall security.

Ryan Sumner, 21, of Dade City, Florida, stands accused of petty larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and second degree harassment. Sumner was initially spotted by a loss prevention officer when he swiped a golden iPhone 6 on display in the Apple Store in Nanuet and replaced it with another iPhone 6.

After Sumner left the store, loss prevention confronted him in the parking lot and determined that Sumner was also in possession of items stolen from the Nanuet Express Store. However, while they were returning to the Apple Store, Sumner punched the loss prevention officer in the face and fled. No injury to the man was reported and medical treatment was subsequently declined.

Clarkstown Police responded to the incident at around 5:50 p.m. They canvassed the area for Sumner, who managed to make it all the way to an area near the Nanuet P.C. Richards before he was arrested.

Though Sumner has been charged for the iPhone theft and attack on the loss prevention officer, the Nanuet Express Store declined to press charges for the alleged theft of their own merchandise.

Sumner has been arraigned and remanded to Rockland County Jail with an expected follow-up court date set for January 22. His bail has been set at $5,000.