I'm still not sure of the relevance of whether he did or did not steal anything before the incident that cost him his life.
Speaks to character, your honor. Clearly the StL PD were so determined to paint the victim in a negative light, they went forward with the first piece of evidence they acquired without taking the necessary time to learn any of the facts from the involved parties. Not only that, they did not even bother to approach their evidence with any modicum of scrutiny. It's either that, or we believe that they knowingly presented a false account of the "robbery" which would be even more damning.
I know it speaks to character, and it fits in with a kind of "Well, he was a criminal; so, it was good to kill him." mentality. But I still don't think it has presented itself as that relevant to the case of his death. At least, as far as an explanation or justification of his death goes.
Still important, since the police brought up the allegation, but whether he stole anything or not, that doesn't change how he died. It seems like we should know more from the federal autopsy in the coming days.