Thomasville Times Enterprise

November 8, 2013

Gun-wielding citizens corral suspected shoplifters

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — Two men in the Walmart parking lot hemmed in two suspected shoplifters and held guns on the men until police took them into custody.

Louis Schofill, Thomasville Police Department detective, was in the store when the episode began about 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

Schofill learned via a police radio message that a shoplifting was in progress in the store, and suspects were fleeing.

The officer saw two store loss-prevention officers chasing the men.

The suspects got into a vehicle and attempted to leave, but two men in the parking lot used their vehicles to corral the men. Suspects’ efforts to escape from the scene resulted in vehicular damage, but the attempt continued.

Eventually, the citizens rammed the suspects’ vehicle and disabled it.

The suspects got out and were held at gunpoint by the citizens until police took the men into custody a few seconds later.

Wade Glover, TPD Criminal Investiga-tions Division commander, said all vehicles sustained damage, but the suspects’ damage was the worst.

The citizens who assisted were armed with licensed weapons, Glover pointed out.

The suspects, Robert Thurman, 38, 18236 U.S. 319 North, and Larry King, 27, 1401 Hunters Chase Circle, are charged with felony shoplifting.

 The men has stolen $227 worth of meat, Glover said.

“They were also intoxicated,” he added.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.