The Ottumwa Courier

November 8, 2013

Gun-wielding citizens corral Walmart shoplifters


CNHI News Service

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — Police in this south Georgia town say two drunk men trying to steal $227 worth of meat from Walmart were stopped by two armed citizens, who held the suspects at gunpoint until police could arrest them.

Robert Thurman, 38, and Larry King, 27, have been charged with felony shoplifting.

Police said the suspects tried to escape by car Thursday night, but two citizens in the parking lot used their own vehicles to corral the men. The suspects tried to drive off, but the citizens rammed their vehicle, disabling it.

Then, the suspects got out of the car, and the citizens held them at gunpoint until the police could arrest them, police said. No one was injured.

Both citizens were armed with licensed weapons, said Wade Glover, a commander with the Thomasville Police Department.

Glover said the suspects were intoxicated.

Details for this story were reported by the Thomasville (Ga.) Times-Enterprise.