Premier store owner trips alleged shoplifters who targeted his shop in Lymington Road, Brockenhurst
TWO alleged shoplifters got more than they bargained for when a Brockenhurst store owner gave chase and tripped one up after they raided twice within hours.
Police have now made two arrests following the disturbances at the Premier branch in Lymington Road, as well as a reported theft at nearby Tesco Express in Brookley Road, on Monday.
Premier was first targeted by the hooded duo around 4.30pm, when they fled with a box of beer and a packet of crisps.
But owner Cemal Gunduz was ready for them when they returned about two hours later for more beer.
He ran out after the pair, forcing them to drop the box at the side of the road as they ran off.
Customer Anthony Huntbach (55), from the village, saw the drama unfold.
“I saw this guy shoplifting the store fly out the door with the shop owner attached to him – it was like Punch and Judy,” the local resident told the A&T.
“The young man had a box of beer. This was his second attempt, and it didn’t go well for him.”
After the offenders escaped empty-handed, Mr Huntbach flagged down a passing police car, and the officer spoke to him and Mr Gunduz before searching for the suspects.
A short time later officers in an unmarked patrol car were stationed in Lymington Road to look out for them, according to Mr Huntbach.
“The two guys then came running past the store and Cemal tripped one of them up and the police picked him up while the other went running off down the road,” he continued.
“Yes, it was a crime and shoplifting is a pain in the arse for stores, but it was quite amusing!”
Taking the drama in his stride, Mr Gunduz said: “This sort of thing has happened before – a long time ago.
“Sometimes it happens.”
A Hampshire police spokesperson confirmed to the A&T that two men were ultimately, with one allegedly assaulting an officer in the process.
“It is alleged that a number of items had been stolen from Tesco Express in Brookley Road and Premier Store in Lymington Road – including beer and snacks,” the spokesperson said.
“Two men were located on Lymington Road matching the descriptions given – with one man being detained by shop staff while a foot pursuit ensued between the other man and officers.
“He was detained in a nearby wooded area, but became aggressive and assaulted an officer – no injuries were reported.”
A 20-year-old man, of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop and assaulting an emergency services worker.
A 21-year-old man, also of no fixed abode, was arrested on suspicion of theft from a shop, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and causing criminal damage. The latter two allegations relate to a store staff member being pushed and urination in the police van.
Both remain in custody.