Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Couple fights with security officer during shoplifting attempt

TAMPA — A man and a woman who tried to steal more than $150 worth of merchandise from a Bealls department store July 11 left empty-handed after getting into a fight with a security officer, authorities said Wednesday..

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies are looking for the couple who attempted the heist at the Bealls on Sun City Center Boulevard in Wimauma.

The white female, described as 5 feet 5 and 190 pounds with shoulder-length hair and tattoos on her back, was wearing denim shorts, an orange tank top and white-framed glasses when she went into a dressing room at Bealls and stuffed $156 worth of merchandise into a large handbag, authorities said.

A white male, 5 feet 11 and 200 pounds with curly brown hair, waited outside the dressing room. He was wearing a striped light blue polo shirt and khaki shorts. The pair then walked out of the store without any attempt to pay for the items, authorities said.

They were confronted by the loss prevention officer outside the store, officials say, and fought with him. They eventually left the bag and fled in a gold or silver 4-door Hyundai Sonata which was missing the rear passenger hubcap.

The Sheriff's Office says anyone with information on the suspects could be eligible for a cash reward by calling toll-free 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or by going to crimestopperstb.com.

Charles Scudder can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 225-3111.

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