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VIDEO: Columbus shoplifter held down by store employees

Posted: Updated: Aug 05, 2014 12:39 AM
Columbus Piggly Wiggly employees appear to hold down a man accused of shoplifting, according to a video uploaded to Facebook Monday. Columbus Piggly Wiggly employees appear to hold down a man accused of shoplifting, according to a video uploaded to Facebook Monday.
COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Columbus police will review a cell phone video showing an alleged Columbus shoplifter being held down and dragged by Piggly Wiggly employees. The video, which was uploaded to the popular Facebook group "The Neighborhood Watchers" just before 5p et, had over 300 comments within three hours.   

The video's creator told the Facebook group she started recording after calling police. She claims to have recorded the video inside the Victory Drive location of the supermarket. The suspect, identified by police as Darrell Tanner, was trying to steal $2.50 worth of chicken wings, according to Sgt. Wendy Gilmore. Gilmore said she had not yet seen the video but would be interested in reviewing it.

Mike Milligan operates area Piggly Wiggly stores and posted this response to the WRBL News 3 Facebook page Monday night:

"This criminal is a repeat offender, who also assaulted the store manager in 2007 there when stealing. He has long been barred from shopping at Piggly Wiggly. He was caught stealing again today by the manager, who was then assaulted by the thief. The other employees came to the defense of their manager, who was getting manhandled by the guy.... But I can tell you that this customer video DEFINITELY does not show the entire incident."

Tanner was transported to the Muscogee County Jail after the incident on one count Theft by Shoplifting.

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James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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