Boutique boss tackles thieves AGAIN: Moment brave businesswoman does police work herself

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This is the inspiring moment a brave businesswoman was forced to do police work by catching a shoplifter trying to steal £250 worth of perfume in her store – just months after tackling a pair of thieves. 

Domonique Woodward, who runs Fragrance House in Malvern, Worcestershire, with her parents, bravely stopped two men who tried to steal £1,000 of perfume by piling expensive products into their bags in April.

New footage shared exclusively with MailOnline shows the moment she swapped her high heels for flip flops and stopped a shoplifter from stealing Paco Rabanne One Million and Paco Rabanne Phantom.

The 32-year-old said she ‘decided to fight back’ against shoplifters who can’t keep ‘getting away with it’.

The video showcases once again how shoplifting has become rife in both major stores and independent businesses – and that many shop owners are being forced to enforce the law themselves. 

Ms Woodward told MailOnline: ‘The boy came in, I greeted him and we had a chat. He looked to be in his late twenties and was wearing a tracksuits and a summer bucket hat – despite the fact it was raining. 

This is the inspiring moment a brave businesswoman was forced to do police work by catching a shoplifter trying to steal £250 worth of perfume in her store - just months after tackling a pair of thieves

This is the inspiring moment a brave businesswoman was forced to do police work by catching a shoplifter trying to steal £250 worth of perfume in her store – just months after tackling a pair of thieves

Domonique Woodward, who runs Fragrance House in Malvern, Worcestershire, with her parents, bravely stopped two men who tried to steal £1,000 of perfume by piling expensive products into their bags in April

Domonique Woodward, who runs Fragrance House in Malvern, Worcestershire, with her parents, bravely stopped two men who tried to steal £1,000 of perfume by piling expensive products into their bags in April 

New footage shared exclusively with MailOnline shows the moment she swapped her high heels for flip flops and stopped the thieves from stealing Paco Rabanne One Million and Paco Rabanne Phantom

New footage shared exclusively with MailOnline shows the moment she swapped her high heels for flip flops and stopped the thieves from stealing Paco Rabanne One Million and Paco Rabanne Phantom

New footage shared exclusively with MailOnline shows the moment she swapped her high heels for flip flops and stopped the thieves from stealing Paco Rabanne One Million and Paco Rabanne Phantom

The video showcases once again how shoplifting has become rife in both major stores and independent businesses

The video showcases once again how shoplifting has become rife in both major stores and independent businesses

‘He started staring at the fragrances and picked up the first item and put it in his bag. Then he did the same with a second. 

‘I asked him what he was doing then walked over, grabbed his bag and ripped it open.  He said ‘you’re not allowed to do that, it’s my property’. 

‘I saw some other stolen items from other shops and said ‘you’re getting out of my shop, I’m not having this and started pushing him towards the front door’. 

‘He started grabbing other stuff but I kept pushing him, including some Lactose fragrances, but didn’t manage to get any.

‘He made a last dive for the last bit of shelving but I grabbed hold of him again and pushed him to the door. 

‘At that point another staff member came in and chased him.’

Ms Woodward said she reported the incident to the police but she has so far not heard anything back.

She added: ‘He stunk of weed. I think he was trying to grab expensive stuff so he could sell it on. 

CCTV of the incident

CCTV of the incident

CCTV shows the two men calmly stroll into Fragrance House in Malvern, Worcestershire

She bravely blocked the door with her body to prevent the thieves getting away

She bravely blocked the door with her body to prevent the thieves getting away

‘I wasn’t scared because I didn’t have time to think. I just thought there was no chance I would let him get away with this so decided to fight back.’ 

Yesterday it was revealed that Primark workers are being given bodycams for protection following a dramatic surge in shoplifting that is being fuelled by social media.

A string of retail bosses have warned of the trend and demanded more action from police and prosecutors.

Primark CEO George Weston said it was time for the shoplifting crisis to be taken ‘more seriously’.

He said Primark had experienced rising cases of both shoplifting and attacks on its employees.

‘We are having more of our clothes stolen than ever before, this is increasing,’ he said.

‘There has been an increase in anti-social behaviour, including assaults on shop staff.’

This brazen thief appeared to struggle to get out the Co-op in Lavender Hill, Wandsworth, with his heavy ruck sack, weighed down by stolen booze

This brazen thief appeared to struggle to get out the Co-op in Lavender Hill, Wandsworth, with his heavy ruck sack, weighed down by stolen booze 

A thief seen in Nottingham. Ten major retailers are set to pump in £600,000 into a police operation to tackle shoplifting

A thief seen in Nottingham. Ten major retailers are set to pump in £600,000 into a police operation to tackle shoplifting

Ten of Britain’s top retailers have also agreed to fund a police crackdown on shoplifting gangs – by paying cops to scan faces of thieves using CCTV. 

High street giants including John Lewis, Co-op, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Next are among those reportedly pumping £600,000 into the operation, dubbed Project Pegasus.

In return, police forces will run CCTV images of suspected shoplifters through the national database, which includes the latest facial recognition technology.

It has emerged that bosses at Co-op had resorted to hiring undercover security guards to protect its stores and staff from thieves – while rival Tesco is getting staff to wear body-cameras to help catch shoppers who assault them.

Police chiefs have increasingly come under fire for the apparent lack of action in tackling the looting epidemic blighting stores, with the chairman of Asda last week saying the shoplifting had essentially been ‘decriminalised’.

Post source: The List

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