Cook pleads no contest to attempted grand theft, robbery charge dismissed

The Taft man arrested for stealing adult magazines and DVDs in January will be sentenced on April 26 after he accepted a plea deal.

Lucas Wayne Cook was originally charged with armed robbery based on accusations that he threatened a clerk with a large metal bike lock .

In the plea agreement, the second-degree robbery charge was dropped and Cook pleaded no contest to attempted grand theft from a person last week at a pretrial hearing.

Cook, 39, was arrested by Taft Police on Jan. 16, several hours after the incident at Jug N' Rose on North Tenth Street.

Officers took a report just after 9 a.m. from a clerk who said Cooks removed several pornographic magazines and DVDs from the store without paying and threatened her when she asked him if he was going to pay.

Cook fled the store.

He was contacted at a residence on the 600 block of San Emidio by officers responding to a report of a trespasser.

Cook is being held on $160,000 bail the Kern County Sheriff's medium-maximum security facility awaiting his sentencing.