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42-year-old man arrested on robbery, theft charges

Bettendorf, IOWA – According to the Bettendorf Police Department, his name is Eric Willemarck and he was arrested on Sunday.

The 42-year-old man is now charged with first-degree robbery and third-degree theft after he reportedly attempted to to steal angle grinder from the Home Depot and pulled a knife on the store employee.

This incident occurred right before 8 p.m. Sunday.

It happened at Home Depot located at 920 Middle Road.

The responding officers discovered that the employee had reportedly seen the suspect concealing a Dewalt angle grinder and when the employee confronted him, the 42-year-old man pulled a box cutter-razor knife.

During an interview with investigators, the 42-year-old man reportedly admitted to taking the tool and pulling the knife out.

This incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available.

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