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Woman Accused Of Beating Store Manager During Shoplifting Attempt Arrested

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Also Contributing: Kera Mashek
Reported: Nov. 25, 2013 11:24 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 30, 2013 5:39 PM EST


Store Manager Beaten
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South Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

South Charleston police officers have arrested the woman they believe beat the manager of the Marshall's at Southridge after she was caught trying to shoplift a cart full of items.

Shadonna Collins, 25, was booked into the South Central Regional Jail Saturday morning. She is charged with robbery.

"Once she escalated to violence in order to get out of the store," Officer P.C. Rader said. "It went from shoplifting to robbery."

Police said the attack happened on Sunday when the store manager tried to stop Collins after she caught her trying to leave with a cart full of stolen items. Collins is shown on surveillance video pushing the manager to the ground and kicking her in the head.

After the attack, court documents said Collins is shown on video pushing the cart full of stolen designer purses and clothing into the parking lot. She then put them into her SUV and took off.

Police said this is the start of a spike in crime during the holiday season.

"They're wanting to provide for their families," Rader said. "Gifts for the season and they don't have any other way to do it."

Police said the received an anonymous tip that the defendant in the case was Collins. They said the manager of the store was also able to pick Collins' photograph out of several mugshots.

Police plan to amp up security throughout the holiday season and advise anyone with the plans to steal -- to not.

"Don't do it," Rader advised. "We are everywhere other agencies are everywhere we're on top of it and we know what to look for."

Collins was taken to the South Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 bond.

South Charleston Police need your help finding a suspected shoplifter who also attacked a store clerk, and it was all caught on tape.

Sunday night, the store manager of Marshalls at Southridge was standing by the door as customers were coming in and out, and police said that's when she caught a woman trying to leave with a cart full of stolen items.

The manager tried to stop the woman from leaving, but the customer fought back by pushing the clerk to the ground. As the buggy fell over, the accused shoplifter didn't stop, instead she started kicking the manager in the head.

After the attack, the woman just kept on pushing the shopping cart into the parking lot, then took her buggy full of stolen designer purses and clothing into her SUV and took off.

Police said it's an unfortunate incident, but a scenario that happens each year as the holidays approach.

"It's sad. It's always this time of year something happens like this as shoplifting increases, and when people resort to violence it turns into a much more serious crime," T.A. Bailes, with South Charleston Police, said.

In fact, instead of simple shoplifting charges, the suspect will likely be charged with robbery.

But police said there's something even more disturbing about this particular case. As manager was being beaten, several customers just stood there, or walked on by, without stepping in to help.

"I don't understand why somebody wouldn't help the lady. I'd get in there and kick their brains in or something, you know!" shopper Pearl Price said.

Police are just hopeful images from the attack will now be enough to get someone to step in by calling in a tip that leads to this alleged robber's arrest.

Police think the suspect was driving a black GMC Envoy or similar SUV with license plate 8WC 776. If you've seen that vehicle, or have any information that can help with this investigation, call South Charleston Police.

The victim in this case did suffer some cuts and bruising to her face and neck, but is recovering and expected to be back at work Tuesday.

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