BRIEF: Police use stun gun on alleged Wegman's shoplifter
Dec 30, 2011 (The Morning Call - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A special police detail to catch a man suspected of repeated shoplifting excursions to Wegman's in Lower Nazareth Township ended Monday when police shot him with a stun gun in the parking lot as he tried to flee with a meat-filled shopping cart, police said.
Eric W. Thompson, 35, of 1212 Camelot Drive, Palmer Township, was being held in Northampton County jail on an outstanding warrant, according to Colonial Regional Police Department.
Police and store security set up a surveillance to attempt to catch a man seen on video stealing meat from the store in the early morning hours of Dec. 20, 27, 28 and 29. Police only learned his identity after arresting him Monday.
Police said they caught him around 3:45 a.m. leaving the store with a shopping cart of meat without paying it. Upon leaving the store, police said Thompson noticed officers "closing in on him" and he tried to escape. Police said he pushed the shopping cart into an unmarked police car, damaging the bumper, and tried to flee in his vehicle. Police said he ignored commands to stop so an electronic weapon was used to stop him.
The total value of the meat in Thompson's cart was $544.57. Police said he will be charged with felony counts of retail theft.
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