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Woolies staff chase woman allegedly stealing trolley full of groceries

Woolies staff chase woman allegedly stealing trolley full of groceries

A woman has been charged after allegedly trying to flee with a trolley full of groceries from a Woolworths store in Baulkham Hills, Sydney.

Footage of the incident recorded by a shopper shows a woman running out the door with a Woolworths staff member chasing after her. The two struggled for control over the trolley as the staff member yelled, “She stole it!”

When asked by a passerby to show her receipt for the groceries, the alleged thief replied, “I don’t have one.”

Dimple Singh told 7News she saw the woman in the video shove the Woolworths employee to the ground. 

“This girl tried to flee with the entire trolley,” said Singh. “Very aggressive, very powerful, full of strength, I mean two people couldn’t tackle her.”

The woman finally let go of the trolley, but took a few items from the trolley with her.

On her way out of the rooftop carpark, the woman was intercepted and arrested by an off-duty police officer.

The 26-year-old woman has since been charged with assault and shoplifting, and is set to face Parramatta Local Court on July 24.

A Woolworths spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au that police were called over the incident. 

“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.”