Moses Lake police say a would-be shoplifter just kept making things worse for himself Sunday at Tri-State Outfitters.
Elias Cuevas, 22, reportedly attempted to steal ammunition but was spotted by several employees and a customer, who happened to be an off-duty corrections officer.
When confronted, Cuevas allegedly assaulted an employee.
When police arrived, they say Cuevas gave a false name but when he was searched they found a pistol in his pocket and stolen checks made out to himself, using his real name.
A fingerprint check confirmed his real name, police said.
Being a felon, Cuevas was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in addition to the robbery charges.
In posting about the arrest, the Moses Lake Police Department used the hashtag #theammodidn’tevenfitthegun.