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March 2, 2013

Customers help apprehend alleged shoplifter at Wal-Mart

It was one unlucky day for a 46-year-old alleged shoplifter at Wal-Mart at 6100 W. Kellogg.

It was one unlucky day for a 46-year-old alleged shoplifter at Wal-Mart at 6100 W. Kellogg.

An employee yelled “rob,” for robbery about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, after the man shoplifted $14.30 of merchandise, police said.

A customer, a Vietnam veteran, chased the man outside the store, shoved him into a snowbank and tackled him.

A cab driver outside Wal-Mart sprang to help.

He sprayed the suspect with Mace.

Another customer at the store, a retired game warden, then handcuffed the man.

The suspect, who had been banned from Wal-Mart stores for shoplifting before the incident, sustained minor injuries.

He was booked on suspicion of aggravated felony theft and battery and was again banned from Wal-Mart stores, police said.

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