Unhappy Would-Be Shopper Goes on Rampage in Local Best Buy

Published : Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | 12:59 PM

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Pasadena police officers arrested a 32-year-old Pasadena man who reportedly went on a rampage at a local Best Buy store Tuesday afternoon, yelling and tossing items, after a store employee refused to run his credit for purchase of several smartphones.

The incident happened at about 3:44 p.m. in the store located in the 3300 block of East Foothill Blvd., police Lt. Pete Hettema said.

Hettema said the man, identified as Brandon Galbreth, was in the Best Buy store a few days earlier and attempted to purchase smartphones on credit, but did not get approved.

Galbreth returned to the store Tuesday, when the store employee refused to run his credit again.

“He became upset, was yelling and was tossing items inside the store,” Hettema said. “When security asked him to leave the suspect pulled out a Leatherman-type tool with a small blade and waved it around while threatening security and employees. The suspect tried to cut the security cord of the display phones.”

As security staff at the store called police, the suspect exited but was detained a short time later outside without incident.

Galbreth was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, Hettema said.

Booking records show Galbreth in being held in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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