Caught on Video

Elderly woman thwarts shoplifter by blocking his escape and ripping off his mask

A senior citizen is being praised on social media after she was caught on video using her shopping cart to block a shoplifter from leaving a store and ripping off his mask, CTV News reports.

The incident took place at a Walmart in Campbell River, British Columbia, and was captured on video by Darrell Johansen who says he noticed the man trying to leave the store with a shopping cart full of stolen merchandise. As Johansen filmed the man trying to leave, an elderly woman blocked the man’s path with her shopping cart and pulled off the balaclava he was wearing.

“I’m fed up with this bullsh**!” the woman says as she pulled the balaclava from the man’s head. The unmasked man briefly tussled with Johansen for control of the cart, but he eventually retreated on his bicycle.

“I was utterly shocked,” Johansen told CTV News. “My first reaction was, ‘Oh no, I hope he doesn’t do anything to this woman because she’s in the way and he’s got a bike in one hand and a shopping cart in the other. She just jumped in, and man, I don’t know if she’s got kids, but I pretty much guarantee those kids grew up to be good young lads and girls.”

The Walmart where the incident took place reportedly has a history of theft. “It’s epidemic up here. I got about four steps into the store and I spot the guy right away. Something just said, ‘This guy’s gonna go,’” Johansen said.

Johansen returned the shopping cart to Walmart staff, then notified RCMP.

Watch the video below:

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