Thank you, Denton, for a scene taken straight from television police dramas. Why doesn’t this stuff happen when I’M at Walmart?? Oh wait. . . I don’t shop there. Anyway, thanks again, Donna Fielder, for making it sound much more interesting than it probably really was. You gotta love the visual of a Walmart shopper gone berserk, baby throwing, and a hostage crisis.
The last sentence is my favorite. Oh, sweet Denton. . .
Blotter: Shoplifting suspect attempts to make getaway
12:20 AM CST on Saturday, January 8, 2011
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer
A woman suspected of shoplifting tried to commandeer another driver’s car to get away after being approached by a store security officer, according to a Thursday police report.
An employee of the store in the 1800 block of South Loop 288 saw the woman, who had a small child along, printing several photographs. She then shopped for picture frames and later tried to leave the store without paying for the photos, according to the report.
The employee approached her in the lobby and told her he was going to call police to take her to jail. She slapped him while holding her car keys, according to the report, and cut his face. Then she ran outside the store into the parking lot.
She tried to commandeer one car but the driver took off. She opened the back door of another car and threw her small son in and then jumped in herself. She yelled at the startled driver, “Drive me to the RaceTrac,” but the woman did not leave the parking lot.
Witnesses and store employees were yelling at her to drive to them, and the suspect began yelling for the driver to roll up the car windows, slapping her in the back of the head and saying they were trying to hurt her baby, according to the report.
The driver drove toward the employees and stopped. She started to get out of the car and the suspect threw her son into the front seat and began trying to reach the car keys. The driver prevented her from grabbing them and took them from the car.
The suspect then grabbed her child and ran to her own car and fled the parking lot. Witnesses obtained the car’s license plate number. Officers drove to the house listed as the owner’s residence but no one was at home.
An investigation is continuing into charges of assault and shoplifting on the woman, whom the employee recognized as a frequent shoplifter in the store, according to the police report.