A bystander chased and handcuffed a suspected shoplifter who fled a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer Sunday night.
Although it was a successful capture, police advised the bystander, who told officers he has carried handcuffs ever since he “attempted to be a police officer in Oklahoma,” that he couldn’t just go around cuffing people. The incident report stated the bystander was not a police officer.
Myrtle Beach police were called to the 541 Seaboard St. store in reference to a shoplifting shortly before 7 p.m. and found the offender handcuffed in the parking lot.
A loss prevention officer told police that 37-year-old Carmen Nicole Floyd was spotted concealing multiple bags of shrimp in her purse. Floyd attempted to leave the store without paying for the food, according to the report.
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When the loss prevention officer identified herself, Floyd gave her the purse and took off running. Floyd was detained in the parking lot by the handcuff-bearing bystander and the loss prevention officer, according to the report.
Police say Floyd admitted to concealing the items in her purse and a criminal history check showed Floyd had two prior property crime convictions.
She faces an enhanced shoplifting charge.