| 25.06,19. 09:20 PM |
Alleged Woolworths shoplifter filmed ripping trolley full of groceries from employee
A tug-of-war between an alleged thief and a supermarket employee has ended up with assault charges being laid.
The alleged shoplifter attempted to make off with hundreds of dollars worth of groceries from a Baulkham Hills Woolworths store in Sydney's north-west but was then intercepted by an employee.
But she refused to give up.
Instead, the alleged thief was caught on camera as she took off with the trolley full of groceries out the front doors of the supermarket and ended up caught in a tussle with the employee.
She is seen to smash into the front of a parked car, then another shopper intervenes to help - but the alleged thief keeps struggling, determined to keep control of the trolley.
Witness Dimple Singh told 7NEWS the woman was "very aggressive, very powerful, full of strength".
Although the alleged shoplifter eventually let go, she is then seen to snatch items from the trolley, including nappies.
She was seen by an off-duty police officer who then arrested the 26-year-old.
The woman has been charged with assault and shoplifting offences and will appear in court next month.
It is understood that it is not Woolworths policy for staff to pursue suspected shoplifters but to wait for police assistance.
A Woolworths spokesperson confirmed police were called in response to the incident on Sunday.
"A security guard and an off duty police officer provided assistance to the team member before the police arrived," the spokesperson said.
"We are currently supporting police with their investigations into the incident."