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Shoplifter beats clerk with fire extinguisher before running, police say

A ladder lays on the floor of a Houston convenience store Oct. 25, 2018, after police said a shoplifter attacked a clerk and used the ladder to break through the locked door to escape.
A ladder lays on the floor of a Houston convenience store Oct. 25, 2018, after police said a shoplifter attacked a clerk and used the ladder to break through the locked door to escape. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – A woman who was caught shoplifting Thursday at a northeast Houston convenience store beat the clerk with a fire extinguisher before fleeing the scene, police said.

The incident was reported about 3:30 a.m. at Eastex Freeway and Crosstimbers Street.

Houston police said the clerk caught the woman trying to steal something and locked the front door while he called the police. The woman grabbed a fire extinguisher and began hitting the clerk with it, police said. She later grabbed a ladder, shattered the glass door and ran from the store, police said.

The clerk was not seriously injured.


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