SAN LEANDRO — An Oakland man was in jail after police said he tried to shoplift hundreds of dollars’ worth of energy drinks from a store by telling security staff he had the coronavirus — ensuring that they kept their distance as he fled.

Around 3:20 p.m. March 17, police responded to a report of a robbery at Walmart, 15555 Hesperian Blvd., and learned that loss-prevention staff saw a surgical-mask-wearing man taking $777.28 worth of cases of energy drinks.

Store staff approached the man, but he told them he had the COVID-19 virus and threatened to infect them, which “caused the victim to be in [a] sustained state of fear,” according to a prosecutor’s filing, obtained Thursday. “The (store security worker) said that he did

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