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Burlington Store Employees Get Maced Attempting To Stop Shoplifting Suspects

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Store employees get maced attempting to stop black Friday shoplifting suspects


 
Store employees get maced attempting to stop black Friday shoplifting suspects (Blaine Police Department video)

Police in Blaine, Minnesota, have asked for help in identifying two suspected shoplifters who were confronted leaving a store in Northtown Mall on Black Friday.

 

Store employees get maced attempting to stop black Friday shoplifting suspects (Blaine Police Department via Storyful)

 

Video released by police shows a store worker snatch two shopping carts off the suspects as they were leaving the mall’s Burlington Coat Factory outlet. Another worker arrives, and both a sprayed in the face by a Mace-like substance.

This causes one worker to fall over onto the suspects’ shopping carts.

Despite the mayhem, the two suspects soon return to the store, to gather up merchandise and other items they dropped before fleeing again.

One employee who was sprayed with the irritant needed to be taken to the hospital, local media reported.

Police said the suspects were both black women in their early 20s.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SEE VIDEOS   ;     https://wjactv.com/news/nation-world/store-employees-get-maced-attempting-to-stop-black-friday-shoplifting-suspects

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8 minutes ago, Polo said:

I hope they catch them.  They can charge them with assault besides theft.

And then what?  Put them in jail?  And then for how long before they are out and doing the same thing again?   And then do the same with the thousand of others doing the same thing?  Another reason that brick and mortar stores will soon be a thing of the past.  :(

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19 hours ago, DuBoiser said:

And then what?  Put them in jail?  And then for how long before they are out and doing the same thing again?   And then do the same with the thousand of others doing the same thing?  Another reason that brick and mortar stores will soon be a thing of the past.  :(

Then they can move from shop lifting and assault to porch pirates. 

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21 hours ago, DuBoiser said:

And then what?  Put them in jail?  And then for how long before they are out and doing the same thing again?   And then do the same with the thousand of others doing the same thing?  Another reason that brick and mortar stores will soon be a thing of the past.  :(

Restitution for everything in the cart. Punishment should be 6 months every Saturday  for 8 hours regardless of weather in an orange jumpsuit picking up trash along major highways.

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Generally speaking, unless store employees are properly trained (and, arguably appropriately outfitted/armed), store employees should not be or have the responsibility of confronting shoplifters, especially if there is some chance of a physical altercation and/or other hostility.  This time it was 'only' mace, next time it could be a gun or some other weapon.  Take pictures/video, get the plate number, vehicle/person description, items being stolen, etc and contact police and let them do their job.  Anything beyond asking the suspect to stop or asking if they paid is asking for potential trouble.  Really not worth the chance bodily harm for 'stuff'.

 

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