Man charged for theft of $12 brandy

Published 10:30 am Friday, January 13, 2012

A 23-year-old Austin man who allegedly stole a $12 bottle of brandy from Star Liquor was charged Thursday in Mower County District Court.

Mayai Arob Shaben Cobai faces four criminal charges — fourth-degree assault, obstructing legal process, theft and fleeing a peace officer.

Cobai was arrested in the 300 block of Eighth Street NE around 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to Police Chief Brian Krueger, Cobai allegedly stole a bottle of brandy from Star Liquor and led officers on a foot chase around the northeast part of town. Once officers caught up with him, he allegedly resisted arrest and tried to spit at the officers, which led them to taze, pepper spray and restrain him in a spithood.

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Krueger said Cobai had his hand in his pocket throughout the chase, and during the arrest a bottle of E&J brandy, valued at $12.29, fell out of his pocket.

Cobai is on probation for an October 2011 conviction of terroristic threats. He is scheduled to make his plea on Jan. 26.