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Shoplifters Load Up Cart, Use Taser to Exit Store

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A pair of would-be shoplifters in Annapolis took an interesting approach to the crime Wednesday.

The men filled a shopping cart full of $1,000 worth of power tools at Home Depot, rolled it up to the front door and then threatened employees who tried to stop them from leaving with a Taser.

Anne Arundel County Police say the incident occurred shortly before 5 p.m. The offenders fled the scene in a white Crown Victoria.

Officers spotted a vehicle matching the description on Route 50 near Route 424 a short time later and pulled the suspects over. The occupants of the car also fit the description of the suspects involved in the theft.

A witness from the Home Depot positively identified the one of the occupants of the car as a suspect from the store. Two other suspects in the vehicle were also detained. Officers recovered the Taser, as well.

officers charged two suspects, 29-year-old Tyrone Freeman of Lanham and 24-year-old Ruston Hopson, of Bowie, with first degree assault, second degree assault and theft over $1,000.

The third occupant of the car was not charged related to the shoplifting, but was arrested on three outstanding warrants.

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