Robbery charge dismissed, he pleads no contest to shoplifting

The Taft man charged with robbery after police said he fought with Kmart clerks trying to detain him for shoplifting got a 90-day sentence after pleading no contest to two misdemeanor counts of shoplifting.

Felony counts of strong-arm robbery and damaging a cell phone were dismissed in a plea deal in Kern County Superior Court in Kern County Superior Court in Lamont Wednesday.

John Timothy Robinson, 57, was also placed on probation for three years
With credit for good time and time already served, Robinson is expected to be released on Sept. 23, according to the Kern County Sheriff's jail website.

Robinson was arrested by Taft Police in South Taft on Aug. 12, several hours after the Kmart employees old officers they caught him trying to steal CO2 cartridges and pellets for a pellet gun.

He struggled with the employees, police said, and grabbed a cell phone one was using to try to call 911 during the struggle before fleeing the store.