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Cab driver refuses to take shoplifters

April 25, 2012 at 5:43 PM

SALEM, Mass., April 25 (UPI) -- Police in Massachusetts said two suspected shoplifters were busted when a taxi cab driver refused to give them a ride home with their ill-gotten gains.

Salem police said they were called to the Walmart store about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on a report of two shoplifters fleeing the store with four cases of beer, two cases of diapers and a case of baby formula, the New Hampshire Union Leader in Manchester reported Wednesday.

Investigators said the men had called a cab to pick them up at the store, but the driver, sensing something was up, refused to give them a ride.

Officers chased Shaun Klier, 29, of Lawrence, Mass., to the parking lot of a nearby gas station and John Murphy, 46, of Lawrence, was arrested in the parking lot of a nearby fitness center.

Klier was charged with theft and a probation violation. Murphy, who allegedly lied to officers about his name, was charged with theft, false reports to law enforcement and resisting arrest.

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