A Target shoplifter who successfully stole a television, only to return it and steal a more expensive one, pleaded that he didn’t want to “go to jail” as Atlanta police chased him down outside the store.
Police received a call around 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 that a brazen shoplifter was trying to steal a television from Target located in Northeast Atlanta.
A Target security guard flagged down arriving officers to inform them the male suspect was still inside the store.
“The security guard advised a suspect had stolen one television from the store and returned moments later to take another,” police said.
As officers began to search for the suspect, they encountered the man leaving the store with the television placed on top of the shopping cart.
The suspect, wearing a white shirt and brown pants, placed his hands in the air before he darted back into the store.
Police said the suspect “fought with the officer for several minutes” until backup arrived and took him into custody.
“I didn’t mean it!” the suspect yelled out. “I don’t want to go to jail. I don’t want to go to f—— jail.”
As the video plays out, surrounding shoppers look on while both the suspect and officer are on the ground in front of the retail shopping center.
“Please stop, I need to go to the hospital!” the suspect yelled out more than once.
Neither the officer nor the suspect sustained any serious injuries as police said both had minor scrapes from the altercation.
The incident comes just days after several California 7-Eleven workers brutally beat a suspect that attempted to steal tobacco products from behind the counter.
The store workers relentlessly beat Tyrone Frazier — with one employee beating him with what appeared to be a broomstick.
Frazier — connected to a string of crimes in the area that included previous robberies at the same 7-Eleven store, was arrested for the incident.