Officer Draws Weapon on Shoplifting Suspects

An Annapolis police officer pursued and arrested at least two people accused of shoplifting from Helly Hansen on Main Street.

An Annapolis police officer pursued and arrested at least two people accused of driving off after shoplifting from the store on Main Street Thursday around 3:45 p.m.

Jessica McDonald, an eye witness, told Patch on Twitter that she had just come out of and walked across the street when she noticed three men leaving the store with strange bulges under their clothing. A female employee followed them outside, and McDonald pointed out the car that she saw the suspects climb into.

Detective Amy Miguez said an officer was then flagged down by store staff who pointed to the car and indicated that the people inside were driving off with stolen merchandise.

The officer followed the suspects in her cruiser and attempted to pull them over around Church Circle when Miguez said the suspects threw what appeared to be Helly Hansen merchandise from the vehicle.

The officer was finally able to stop the vehicle on College Avenue near King George Street where she drew her weapon before approaching the car for safety purposes until backup could arrive. The suspects were taken into custody without incident.

The Helly Hansen manager told Patch that he would be available for comment on Thursday after he had completed the police report. The store is also temporary closed while police complete their investigation.

Miguez said the Main Street store is a frequent target for shoplifters due to the store's high-end merchandise and the busy street. She said it has also been the target of multiple break ins.


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