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October 15, 2012
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Bail $50,000 for alleged knife-wielding candy thief

Bail is $50,000 for a 31-year-old Florida transient who allegedly displayed a knife when a Walmart security guard tried to stop him from stealing candy Sunday.

John J. Snyder faces misdemeanor charges of theft and drawing a deadly weapon in a threatening manner.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins appointed attorney Tod Young to represent Snyder, and set his next court appearance for Wednesday.

According to reports, deputies were called to the north Douglas County store at 3:45 p.m. after a man, identified as Snyder, took two pieces of candy and left the store.

When confronted by a security guard in the parking lot, Snyder allegedly pulled a knife out of his pocket and held it to his side.

He said the suspect hopped the fence behind Trader Joe's and ran toward the fish pond at Fuji Park.

Carson City sheriff's deputies and Nevada Highway Patrol officers responded to the area.

A Douglas deputy spotted the suspect in the bushes by the river removing his black T-shirt.

The suspect was ordered out of the bushes at gunpoint and taken into custody.

A deputy observed a 3-1/2-inch folding box cutter knife clipped to Snyder's belt which was booked into evidence, along with the T-shirt and a sunglasses.

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The Record Courier Updated Nov 2, 2012 09:32PM Published Oct 15, 2012 07:19PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.