A man trying to steal video games from a Bethlehem store got into a scuffle with a clerk who tried to stop him and warned the clerk to stay away because he had AIDS, police said.
Police said Raul Rivera, 31, also threatened the Hollywood Video employee with an unknown, 5-inch long, black object. Rivera was trying to steal a handful of video games that he tried to conceal in a white T-shirt he was carrying, police said.
Rivera, of 1275 Livingston St., is in Northampton County Prison on $2,500 bail. He is charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct. Shorty before 2 p.m. Monday, Rivera walked into the Hollywood Video at 2625 Easton Ave. A clerk noticed Rivera gathering X-Box games and putting them in the shirt.
When Rivera tried to walk out the door, the clerk asked what he was doing. ''I'm taking these,'' Rivera said as he tried to leave with five games, valued at $190. When the clerk tried to stop him, Rivera pulled out an unknown object and appeared to try to stab the clerk with it, a witness told police.
''Get away from me, I have AIDS!'' Rivera yelled as the two fought. Rivera broke away and ran.