A Macy’s loss-prevention officer was bitten Sunday evening by two women he suspected of stealing from a mall in Florida, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Tresha and Trudy-Ann Thompson were arrested on charges of aggravated battery and theft, records show. The women share a home, according to records, although their relationship is not clear in the arrest reports.
The loss-prevention officer said he saw Tresha, 28, and Trudy-Ann, 22, pick out items Sunday at about 7:30 p.m. from the juniors’ department. The women walked into a fitting room and walked out without all of the items in sight, according to the loss-prevention oficer. A store employee said the missing items weren’t in the fitting room, either.
The women walked out of the store without trying to pay for the items, the loss-prevention officer told deputies. The officer tried to stop them, but they wouldn’t return to the store. He tried to grab the women, but Tresha pushed and hit him, he said. In the tussle, she fell to the ground, he said. Tresha then bit his calf to the point of breaking the skin, and Trudy-Ann, whom the officer was holding by the shirt, bit his hand, he said. A deputy noted that the officer had a puncture wound on his hand.
Another loss-prevention officer helped detain the women.
Tresha’s handbag had $324 worth of stolen items in it, officials said, and Trudy-Ann’s had $213. The women had taken scarves, jeans, jewelry and a romper, according to their arrest reports.
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