Citizens assist: shoppers help store security detain accused thief

Citizens assist: shoppers help store security detain accused thief

Two bystanders shopping at Walmart in Vidor stepped in to assist security personnel in detaining a thief accused of stealing electronics equipment from the store after the suspect physically attacked the employee, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD).

VPD Sgt. Rodney Johnson reports that police dispatch received a call pertaining to the incident at about 1:20 p.m. on May 28. When Johnson arrived, another officer had already detained the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Jacob Sutton of Beaumont. A security officer and witnesses explained that Sutton had been observed stealing speakers from the electronics department. When security personnel confronted Sutton about the theft, he attemtped to physically push his way past and exit the business. Two customers shopping at the store grabbed Sutton and held him until police arrived. Because he allegedly used force in relation to committing a theft, Sutton was arrested for robbery rather than shoplifting. He faces second-degree felony charges, holding a penalty of two to 20 years in prison and fine up to $10,000 upon conviction. 

A search of Sutton's vehicle uncovered a .38 revolver. The gun was not reported stolen. 

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