Several people filmed shoplifting at Marshalls store in Hemet – NBC Los Angeles
Video footage shows cheeky thieves in action at a popular Riverside County retail store.
A witness says the shoplifters calmly entered inside and took whatever they wanted.
A wire cutter has even been used to carefully cut the safety leashes on some expensive handbags.
On Saturday night, Lindsey Rodriguez shot a video of a man casually exiting a Marshalls in Hemet, his arms full of clothes Rodriguez says he didn’t pay for.
âI’ve been working every day, 40 hours a week throughout this pandemic, and then I come in and see that, and it’s disheartening. It’s not Hemet, âshe said.
Within 10 minutes, Rodriguez said he spotted three people stealing, including a woman.
Pictures show her using a wire cutter to cut the security threads that connect the handbags to the shelves.
âThe people who were shopping there were sort of just there watching. The only thing I thought I could do was get their identities and license plates and give them to someone who will do something with them, âRodriguez said.
Rodriguez and her husband Pancho followed the purse thief, who ran towards a dark-colored car that quickly drove away. She called 911 and Hemet police said an officer arrived shortly after and checked a license plate, but saw no suspect.
âThe people who work at Marshalls work and sit on the clock and watch these people rob everyone,â Rodriguez said.
Police also said no one from Marshalls had reported the crimes so far, which is puzzling, according to Rodriguez.
âWhat does this teach our children? I don’t want my kids to see this stuff when we go shopping at 7 at night, âshe added.
She says she is fed up with such crimes which is why she and her husband shot these videos and posted them on social media.
âThe citizens must do something. We have to start defending ourselves because no one else is doing it right now, âshe added.
NBC4 has contacted Marshalls to find out why they did not report the crimes to police, but we are still awaiting a response.