A shoplifting went bad, fists flew, and the suspect ran off empty-handed

DAVID F. ASHTON - When a suspected shoplifter got physical with employees and customers, police arrived at the Inner Southeast Grocery Outlet Bargain Market on S.E. Flavel Street. After a commotion at the Flavel Street "Grocery Outlet Bargain Market" in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, four Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers came looking for the suspect at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.

One of the officers interviewed employees and customers inside the store, while the others fanned out across the area, trying to find the thief.

"It appears that when a suspected shoplifter was confronted in the store, the suspect started shoving an employee and other persons," said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley about the incident.

"Employees and customers started chasing the suspected shoplifter, but lost sight of him in the neighborhood," Burley said.

No one was injured in the scuffle, and reports are that the shoplifter, thus confronted, left the grocery store at S.E. Flavel and 71st empty-handed.

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