Category: shoplifting

Suspected thief in critical condition after confrontation at Salt Lake City hardware store

SALT LAKE CITY – A man in his 20s accused of shoplifting at an Ace Hardware Store is in critical, unstable condition after two employees and two witnesses tackled him in the store parking lot just after 7 p.m. Thursday, police said.

According to Salt Lake City Police, the five people were struggling with one another when police arrived at the store, which is near 400 South and 600 East.

Those employees and bystanders had caught up with the man in a parking lot and tackled him, police said. Some sort of struggle ensued. Police arrived and found the man on the ground, and they handcuffed him.

That’s when officers realized he was already in bad shape.

“Officers immediately noticed at that time that the individual was having some medical issues from being detained by those witnesses, we believe, and at that point we immediately called for medical and began doing CPR on that individual,” Det. Michael Ruff of Salt Lake City Police said.

The accused shoplifter was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The incident is considered an officer involved critical incident because the man was in police custody before being treated by medical personnel.

His identity has not been released.

Unified Police is handling the investigation, as Utah law requires all officer involved critical incidents to be investigated by an outside agency.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Suspected thief in critical condition after confrontation at Salt Lake City hardware store

SALT LAKE CITY – A man in his 20s accused of shoplifting at an Ace Hardware Store is in critical, unstable condition after two employees and two witnesses tackled him in the store parking lot just after 7 p.m. Thursday, police said.

According to Salt Lake City Police, the five people were struggling with one another when police arrived at the store, which is near 400 South and 600 East.

Those employees and bystanders had caught up with the man in a parking lot and tackled him, police said. Some sort of struggle ensued. Police arrived and found the man on the ground, and they handcuffed him.

That’s when officers realized he was already in bad shape.

“Officers immediately noticed at that time that the individual was having some medical issues from being detained by those witnesses, we believe, and at that point we immediately called for medical and began doing CPR on that individual,” Det. Michael Ruff of Salt Lake City Police said.

The accused shoplifter was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The incident is considered an officer involved critical incident because the man was in police custody before being treated by medical personnel.

His identity has not been released.

Unified Police is handling the investigation, as Utah law requires all officer involved critical incidents to be investigated by an outside agency.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Accused shoplifter in critical condition after confrontation with employees, witnesses

SALT LAKE CITY – A man in his 20s accused of shoplifting at an Ace Hardware Store is in critical, unstable condition after two employees and two witnesses tackled him in the store parking lot just after 7 p.m. Thursday, police said.

According to Salt Lake City Police, the five people were struggling with one another when police arrived at the store, which is near 400 South and 600 East.

The suspect was not breathing and was taken to a local hospital.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Child punched for not being good enough lookout for shoplifting grandma, police say

PHOENIX, Ariz. – A 7-year-old was punched after not being a good enough lookout for his shoplifting grandma, police say.

Phoenix police responded to a Walmart near 75th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road on Friday night for a suspected child abuse call.

Court documents state 27-year-old Rebecca Gonzales came to the store to pick up her 7-year-old son, who was being used by his grandmother as a lookout while she shoplifted.

Officers reportedly saw Gonzales slap and punch the child in the face when she was in the parking lot.

The child reportedly told police that he was hit because “he didn’t watch out for his grandma good enough.”

Police say the child’s mouth was bleeding when officers saw him.

Gonzales has been arrested for aggravated assault.