The Ontario County Assistant District Attorney stated that the Rochester man was charged after trying to steal flea and tick medicine and caused a physical altercation when security tried to apprehend him.

CANANDAIGUA — A Rochester man held on $50,000 bail for the alleged theft of flea and tick medicine from a Victor big-box store has requested a trial date.

During a court procedure on Tuesday, Michael Papalia, 39, who is facing charges of third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, had his bail continued by Ontario County Court Judge Brian Dennis on $50,000 cash or $100,000 insured bond and a trial date set for April.

Papalia reportedly got into a physical altercation with security as he tried to flee. According to Assistant District Attorney Zachary Maurer, when a person attempts to shoplift and a physical altercation ensues, the offense becomes elevated from larceny to robbery. No one was injured in the altercation.

Papalia stated to the judge that he’s been held at the Ontario County Jail on the matter for two months and requested a trial date.

Attorney Mollie Dapolito’s request of a bail reduction on behalf of her client was denied by Dennis, who cited Papalia’s criminal history.