ACT Policing will summons two people to court on theft and other charges after an alleged shoplifting incident in Woden Plaza yesterday (Tuesday, December 20).
Around 5.30pm yesterday while on duty in a major department store in Woden Plaza, a loss prevention officer observed a man and a heavily pregnant woman, both in their early 20s, acting suspiciously in the menswear section.
The man had been pushing a trolley with clothing items which appeared to have the security tags attached.
When the couple went to leave the store with the items a short time later, the tags were no longer visible so the loss prevention officer approached them, identified himself, and queried the items.
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The man began to rapidly push the trolley to the multi-level carpark and down the vehicle ramp with the officer in pursuit, while the woman took another exit and reappeared to block the officer’s path. She then allegedly clawed at the officer’s shirt and chest, ripped off the officer’s lanyard, and bit his left arm.
The loss prevention officer lost sight of the pair as they ran off, but provided good descriptions to police, who quickly attended. The alleged shoplifters were located a short distance away in Port Jackson Circuit, Phillip. The alleged stolen property included a blue Lonsdale T-shirt and grey tracksuit pants.
Anyone who saw the incident and/or assault is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.