Alleged shoplifter caught on camera brutally beating elderly Walgreens employee

Video caught a teenager in Missouri brutally beating an elderly Walgreens employee after she tried to stop her from stealing, repeatedly punching the woman after pushing her on the ground.

(Video Credit: Fox Business)

Police in Kansas City, Missouri are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two black teenage girls who were involved in beating the employee.

The assault occurred on Wednesday in the 3900 Block of South Noland Road, according to the Independence Police Department.

“An employee of the business was assaulted when they attempted to intervene in a shoplift,” the police noted in a statement.

Fox4 KC released a video that shows an employee of the store getting knocked to the ground by the teen, hitting her head on the concrete while struggling with the suspect outside the store. The female worker was punched over and over again.

(Video Credit: FOX4 News Kansas City)

A second teenager was also seen on the video yelling in the background, according to Fox4 KC.

After the first girl pushed the woman to the ground, she literally pummeled the employee. The way she was wailing on her, she could have easily killed the woman who is reportedly in her 60s.

The vicious attack was triggered when the employee told an adult who was with three teenagers to pay for a pair of sunglasses that one of the girls allegedly put on in the store and started to leave with. The adult refused, according to Fox4 KC who cited a police report.

One of the teens allegedly snatched a Sprite and sprayed it in the employee’s face. The woman said when she blocked the Sprite, the teen punched her and the other teen jumped in.

The first teen jumped in again, punching the employee multiple times outside the Walgreens.

The worker has recovered from the attack and will reportedly press charges against the girls when they are located.

One of the suspects was wearing a white shirt and carrying a red purse according to images released by the Independence Police Department. She appears to be the primary one who assaulted the employee. The other teenager was wearing blue jeans and a yellow shirt.

I was shocked to see something like that,” Independence police spokesman Jack Taylor told Fox4 KC. “It’s kind of disturbing to watch.”

Walgreens has been reportedly making moves to stop shoplifting in its outlets. In June, Fox Business reported that a Walgreens in Chicago had redesigned the store to allow customers access to only two aisles of products after passing through anti-theft detectors.

Block Club Chicago reported that the specific changes were implemented at Walgreens on 2 E. Roosevelt Road in the South Loop area. Almost all merchandise was put behind staffed counters where customers could digitally shop via a kiosk.

“We are testing a new experience at this store with new concepts, technologies, and practices to enhance the experiences of our customers and team members,” a Walgreens spokesperson told Fox Business in a statement that was obviously referring to shoplifting, not customer convenience.

The redesign followed Walgreens Boots Alliance telling analysts earlier in the year that the drugstore chain might have overreacted concerning retail theft in 2022. They are now pulling back on private security guards.

“Maybe we cried too much last year,” Chief Financial Officer James Kehoe said during an earnings call. He noted that shrinkage was 3.5% of sales last year but has since fallen.

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