Athens customer pepper-sprays shoplifter

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 7:24 AM
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ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman with a can of pepper spray joined other customers Wednesday afternoon to help a security guard who fought with a shoplifter in Macy’s at Georgia Square Mall, Athens-Clarke police said.

One of the department store’s loss-prevention officers watched 48-year-old Kenneth Dwayne Jones of Hull as he stuffed clothes into a bag then headed toward an exit, police said.

The security guard headed off the shoplifter, but Jones became combative and tried to force his way out of the store when he and the guard began to fight, police said.

The struggle spilled out of the store and into the area between double doors at the exit, where Jones tried to choke the guard and punched him several times in the ribs, according to police.

Several shoppers intervened, including a woman who sprayed the fighting men with a can of pepper spray, and an off-duty probation officer who helped subdue and handcuff the shoplifter, police said.

Jones had tried to steal 10 shirts, three pairs of slacks and four pairs of jeans, together worth $1,078.99, police said.

He was charged with felony theft by shoplifting and battery, police said.

The loss-prevention security officer didn’t need medical treatment for any injuries, police said, but EMTs flushed out Jones’ eyes with water.

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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 12/23/11 - 08:42 am
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Team work, I love it!!

Team work, I love it!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/23/11 - 08:57 am
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Heh...More folks are stepping

Heh...More folks are stepping up to the plate-----just sick & tired of punks-crooks-& down right lazy people......a good stomping on him would do wonders.

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avidreader 12/23/11 - 09:29 am
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$1,079 for 10 shirts, 3

$1,079 for 10 shirts, 3 slacks, and 3 jeans? This Walmart must be one of the designer stores (ha!). Maybe the estimate is inflated in order to get a felony conviction.

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JRC2024 12/23/11 - 10:03 am
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Bravo the the store guard and

Bravo the the store guard and all others who helped. Now the lawyers will say excessive force-hooey on that.

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doglover123 12/23/11 - 10:16 am
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Avidreader, if you were truly

Avidreader, if you were truly an "avid reader" you would have noticed that it took place in a Macy's, not Walmart.
I am so glad to see that people are helping police/security with shoplifters. When they steal, it causes us to have to pay more for the items that we worked hard to buy.

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wondersnevercease 12/23/11 - 10:55 am
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LOL..yep it says Macy's...I
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LOL..yep it says Macy's...I read avidly also. :)

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 12/23/11 - 10:55 am
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LOL..double post
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LOL..double post

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 12/23/11 - 11:03 am
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Please don't give him bond

Please don't give him bond until Tuesday. Give the cops a couple of days without having to deal with his stealing ways.

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InChristLove 12/23/11 - 01:36 pm
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* Edited comment, realized

* Edited comment, realized after reading article again that he put them in a bag not his pants.....guess I kept seeing the word pants and my brain didn't comprehend.

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my.voice 12/23/11 - 02:04 pm
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Give that woman a case of

Give that woman a case of pepper spray and send her to work.

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TK3 12/23/11 - 07:53 pm
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The woman who came to the

The woman who came to the guards aid should be rewarded (and at what they evidently charge for clothes, they can sure afford it) !

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kiwiinamerica 12/23/11 - 07:58 pm
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Free stuff! Da people is
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Free stuff! Da people is entitled to mo' free stuff!

Cadence
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Cadence 12/24/11 - 06:56 am
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But the guard got pepper

But the guard got pepper sprayed, too, right? Did that really help?

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shrimp for breakfast 12/24/11 - 07:04 am
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People are getting sick and

People are getting sick and tired of lawbreakers!!!

Don't feel bad ICL I almost made the same mistake! hehe

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