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Crime-fighting clerks at Linda market nab ne'er-do-wells

It's hard to rob the Super X Market in Linda.

Between selling snacks, cigarettes and beer, Super X clerks apparently also fight crime.

Two people were arrested on Wednesday when they failed to steal peanuts, a Snickers bar and beef-flavored Top Ramen noodles from the store in the 1400 block of North Beale Road.

A 30-year-old store clerk stopped Jeffrey L. Black Jr. and Monique R. Trevino from stealing items from the market, the Yuba County Sheriff's Department reported. Wednesday's incident marked at least the fourth time in the last three years that Super X employees captured thieves at their store.

"I guess if you're going to steal, don't steal from the Super X. They'll get you," Undersheriff Jerry Read said.

Nahlina Vang, Super X store manager, agreed.

"It's definitely not a good idea to try to come in here and try to take things," Vang said.

She has managed the store since it opened about five years ago.

"We don't have employees that are specially trained to tackle someone trying to steal, but it's within our policy to confront them outside the store," Vang acknowledged.

Black and Trevino entered the store about 1:30 p.m. Black took a Snickers bar and package of peanuts, while Trevino pocketed four packages of beef-flavored Top Ramen Noodles and two boxes of peanut candy, authorities said.

The clerk chased after the pair and grabbed Black's belt, holding him until deputies arrived.

Black threatened to strike the clerk, but never threw a punch, Read said. Vang said Trevino tried to spit on the clerk during the struggle.

Trevino was booked on $1,000 bail on suspicion of burglary. She was not in custody on Thursday night. Black was held on $100,000 bail on suspicion of robbery and burglary.

Super efforts at Super X

In December, Michelle D. Rodriguez snatched packages of Nutter Butters and Oreo cookies and two cans of Budweiser beer, then bit a clerk in the ribs when he grabbed her outside the store. Rodriguez, 31, pleaded no contest in January to robbery.

An unhappy customer pulled a knife on a Super X employee in 2011 when the clerk refused a refund on a scale purchased at the store.

The 21-year-old customer then grabbed some Easter candy and tried to leave, but was detained by a clerk. The thief then assaulted the clerk with a bicycle and pulled the knife and threatened to stab the employee, according to Appeal-Democrat archives.

In 2010, another Linda woman kicked, punched, scratched and threatened to shoot a Super X clerk who prevented her from shoplifting.

At least four other people have been arrested on theft-related charges at the store since September, however those incidents ended without violence, according to Appeal-Democrat archives.

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