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Target dealing with bold shoplifter


Last Edited: January 6, 2010, 11:36 pm

Target dealing with bold shoplifter


Larry Hartstein

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

5:39 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2010


He doesn't own the Target. He just acts like it.

Courtesy of Henry County Police On Tuesday, Dec.r 29, 2009, at about 8:15 AM, this man walked out of the Target located at 1850 Jonesboro Road, McDonough, Georgia 30281, without paying for 2 Dyson vacuum cleaners valued at $549 each. The suspect was last seen driving away in a small red/maroon vehicle.

Four times since June, a brazen shoplifter has struck the same Target on  Jonesboro Road in McDonough. Each time, he grabs valuable merchandise and walks out without paying.

The one time he was confronted, he didn't back down. He pulled a baton and threatened the store's loss prevention officer.

"Most shoplifters, when confronted, will drop the stolen items and try to get away as quickly as possible," Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton said.

The latest theft came Dec. 29, when the suspect wheeled out two vacuum cleaners worth $549 apiece. He drove away in a small red or maroon vehicle. In the other  cases, the suspect drove away in a blue Ford Freestar van.

On June 12, police say, he stole two Blue-Ray disc players worth $600. On Aug. 21, he stole GPS devices worth $640.

On Sept. 30, he was leaving with stolen merchandise when an employee approached him.

"When this suspect was confronted by loss prevention, he pulled out an ASP baton and threatened the employee with it, and then took the stolen items by force," Bolton said. "By doing that he changed it from a simple case of shoplifting to an armed robbery."

Police believe he's also responsible for other Target thefts in the Atlanta area.



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