What began as a suspected shoplifting incident at a Boardman grocery store ended with robbery charges being filed against a Youngstown man.

Employees of the Giant Eagle on Boardman Canfield Road told police that a man pulled empty shopping bags out of his pocket and filed them with a $59 lamb roast as well as $147 worth of baby items and food.

Store security say when they confronted the man as he was leaving without paying for the items, he dropped the bags to the ground and pointed to his waistband, threatening the employee.

The store employee asked the man, “Are you really going to shoot me over some groceries?”  The suspect replied, “If I have to”, according to the police report

Police say the suspect and a woman who had been with him in the store got into an SUV and drove away, only to be spotted later on Youngstown’s South Side.

The SUV was pulled over by police at a gas station on Market Street and East LaClede.

The suspect, identified as 41-year-old David Tribble of Youngstown, was booked into jail on a charge of robbery.

The woman he was with was allowed to leave.

Police found two pit bulls in the SUV, but no gun.

Since the woman didn’t want the dogs, they were turned over to Animal Charity.