Jackson, one of popular music's biggest attractions with his hit albums "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad," told officers he wears a disguise when he shops so he's not overwhelmed by autograph seekers, Rein said, quickly adding, "Our officers didn't ask for autographs."

The 30-year-old Jackson told police he had gone to Simi Valley, about 20 miles north of his home in Encino, to visit some friends and decided to do a little shopping.