Juneau man stole a hatchet from Sportsman's Warehouse, allegedly swung it at employees trying to stop him

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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - A shoplifting incident in Juneau turned dangerous when a man reportedly swung a hatchet, that he had just stolen from the store, at an employee who was pursuing him.

According to a report by the Juneau Police Department, officers were called to Sportsman's Warehouse after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a shoplifting report.

The man, later positively identified by employees and in-store security camera video as Pavel Bogatko, 28, of Juneau, left the store with a basket full of merchandise.

JPD said that Bogatko didn't pay for those items, and simply walked out of the store with the basket. When an employee noticed this and followed Bogatko outside, police say the incident turned violent.

"When they contacted [Bogatko] outside the store, they asked for the merchandise back," JPD wrote. "[Bogatko] then removed a hatchet from the basket he was carrying and swung it at one of the employees."

The hatchet, too, was a stolen item from the store. Bogatko reportedly missed striking the employee, and then ran away from the scene, dropping he basket of merchandise but holding on to the hatchet.

Following the response and investigation, JPD found Bogatko walking on Ka-See-Ann Drive, nearby where the suspect was seen. He didn't have a hatchet when police spoke to him, but the hatchet was later recovered in the woods where he jumped a fence.

The merchandise, including the hatchet, were valued at about $930.05 by Sportsman's Warehouse.

Bogatko was placed under arrest for Robbery 2nd degree, a class B felony and Theft 2nd degree, a class C felony. Bogatko was taken to the jail and held without bail, police say.

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