VIDEO: Good Samaritan Uses Shopping Cart To Take Down Fleeing Shoplifter

Sandy Malone

A good Samaritan in a Walmart parking lot helped police stop a thief who had just shoplifted from the Home Depot.

Peachtree City, GA – A fast-thinking good Samaritan stopped a shoplifter who was running from police in front of a Home Depot (video below).

The incident occurred at about 4:46 p.m. on Jan. 18 and was captured by the surveillance cameras outside of the Walmart in Peachtree City, which is located across the parking lot from the Home Depot.

Bodycam video from the Peachtree City Police Department showed an officer following a suspect through the parking lot and calling out to the dispatcher.

Then the suspect spotted the officer and took off running.

Bodycam video showed the officer pursued the suspect through the parking lot.

But surveillance video from the Walmart store had the best view of the incident by far.

Footage from Walmart’s exterior security cameras showed several shoppers walking through the parking lot back to their cars with shopping carts.

In the video, one of the shoppers clearly heard the pursuit going on behind him and stopped to see what’s happening.

Then, thinking quickly, the shopper turned his cart the other way, and waited.

When the fleeing suspect got close enough, and turned to look back over his shoulder at the officer pursuing him, the good Samaritan shoved his cart directly in front of the running man.

The video showed the suspect didn’t see that cart until he smashed into it and fell to the pavement.

The video showed the good Samaritan held up his arms in a victory celebration after his direct hit.

The brief delay allowed the officer a second to catch up and stop the fleeing shoplifter, the video showed.

And then several additional officers arrived to assist the officer in taking the suspect into custody.

The man with the well-timed shopping cart got a pat on the back and a thank you from officers while some other customers helped him pick up his purchases that had gone flying when the suspect hit the cart at full speed, the video showed.

The suspect was identified as 41-year-old Marcus Smith of Forsyth, WGCL reported.

Smith was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting and obstruction of an officer.

Peachtree City police later posted video of the incident on their official Facebook page along with a thank you to the good Samaritan, who has not been identified.

“Again, while we are eternally grateful for this citizen's quick thinking and impeccable timing, we never encourage anybody to intervene in a police situation,” the police wrote. “If the decision is made to do so, please consider the safety of yourself and all those around you as a priority. Enjoy the video and share away! #shoppingcartvsshoplifter #shoppingcartforthewin #ingeorgiaitscalledabuggy #cleanuponaislefive #sendit #priceless #itsgood #pickedupthespare #tocatchathief #pcpd

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

Comments (20)
flybynight
flybynight

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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Full video shows police help good Samaritan pick up his cart and groceries and give him a back pat of thanks...

NealZ
NealZ

So awesome, would have liked to see the trash have his face caved in from the concrete but still very cool

flybynight
flybynight

Maybe the trolls will step in here soon and help right this wrong. 🙄

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

LOL, STRRRRIKE. Bowling a perfect game. LOL

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Good Job Mr. Joe Public!!

But, tomorrow we will read, "Shoplifter sues good samaritan who pushed shopping cart if front of them while they were running from cops." OR something stupid to that effect in this liberal entitaleist world we live in.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

I can't believe dipshits Burgers or High Comm Demon didn't find fault with the shopper? Oh hell, it was probably somehow the police's fault I'm sure. They probably whispered in the shoppers ear to roll the cart!

Rj's
Rj's

Good quick Action.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Bring a shopping cart to a gun fight?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Bowling for dollars...or criminals

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Contrary to what the media spews, most Americans are pro-police. It doesn’t take a mental giant to understand that if you don’t act like an animal, you won’t be treated like one.

Unfortunately, people today tend to not be concerned about their education and/or knowledge and will regurgitate anything they hear from the media including “police brutality”. But it all part of the ignorance of academia and the media; i.e., the social elites. If your life is focused on anything, you’ll see it everywhere including discrimination.

It’s interesting that blacks from Africa (real African Americans) and the West Indies are extremely successful. They’re not part of the black sub-culture either.

The brilliant people of yesteryear were self educated. They lived a life of continuing learning. It was considered personal responsibility.

Today, most people are somewhat ignorant and they’ve replaced God/religion with social justice. These poor souls have inflated problems and solutions to give themselves self-worth. Some say it’s because they can’t get their own lives in order so they attach themselves to this group think mentality and are basically a mob of bullies. While they’re complaining and lagging behind economically and suffering emotionally, focused mature adults move on and take advantage of the American Dream.

Maybe that’s why my mom always said, “Life’s not fair, get used to it. Mind your own business. Work hard. Do the best you can.”

vwiles34
vwiles34

Prime example showing how private citizens can make a difference if they're willing to get involved. GREAT JOB.

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

This should be a sport, and that guy is the new Champion of it.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Best story I've read today! Kudos to the customer!! Almost as good as having a fur rocket take him down!


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