Store guard avoids pepper spraying in nabbing alleged bacon thieves
From The Capital Times--click here for the original story
July 31, 2009
MADISON, Wisc.--Two alleged shoplifters pilfered bacon, sausage, makeup and magazines from Woodman's Food Market on the southwest side Thursday and tried to get away by attempting to use pepper spray on a security guard before being arrested, Madison police reported.
Kimberly Hutchins, 30, and a 16-year-old female, both of Madison, were arrested following the attempted shoplifting at about 12:45 p.m. at the supermarket at 711 S. Gammon Road.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said the security officer approached the two when they left the store.
"The older of the two (Hutchins) pulled out a can of pepper spray which was marked 'for law enforcement only,' and pointed it at the officer," DeSpain said. "He was able to knock the can out of her hand and put her in handcuffs."
Police located the other suspect and arrested both.
"Inside their purses were a number of items for which they had not paid, including cosmetics, magazines, bacon and sausage," DeSpain said.