Greeter, 82, foils store computer theft

Nov. 19, 2009 at 2:06 PM
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PARKLAND, Fla., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- An 82-year-old greeter at a store in Florida foiled a would-be computer thief by making him drop the merchandise, authorities say.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office said the suspect, described as an African-American in his 20s, tried to carry computers out of BJ's Wholesale in Parkland without paying Oct. 30, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday.

Octogenarian store employee Bernard Sobol noticed the alleged thief while checking a customer's receipt and began chasing him, investigators said.

They said the man knocked Sobol to the ground, but the action caused him to drop the computers.

A witness chased the man outside but abandoned the pursuit when the thief revealed a silver object concealed under his shirt.

Sobol suffered a broken rib and some scratches. Investigators had yet to find the suspect.

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