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‘Gremlins’ Star Zach Galligan Arrested

January 24, 2003

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ ``Gremlins″ star Zach Galligan was arrested for investigation of shoplifting after he allegedly stole a disc by the heavy metal group Deep Purple from a Tower Records store.

Galligan, who lives in Los Angeles, was stopped Wednesday and handcuffed by security guards in the Sunset Boulevard store’s parking lot. They stopped him after he left the store with the CD concealed ``somewhere on his person,″ Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce Thomas said Thursday.

``It was a routine shoplifting arrest. We do ’em all day, every day. We had no idea who he was until after the fact,″ said Jay Smith, the store’s general manager. ``We don’t single anybody out.″

Deputies were called and Galligan was taken to the sheriff’s station, where he was booked and released about four hours later, Thomas said.

It was unclear why he would have taken the CD because he was carrying enough money to buy it, the sergeant said. ``He made the comment to one of the deputies, ’This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever done.‴

Galligan, 38, has made more than 30 movies, appeared on television and in the Broadway production of ``Biloxi Blues.″ He’s probably best known for playing a boy who disobeys rules governing his new pet and unleashes a plague of mischievous monsters in 1984′s ``Gremlins.″ He also starred in the 1990 sequel, ``Gremlins 2: The New Batch.″

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