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Random Woman Tries to Stop Shoplifters by Jumping on the Hood of Their Car

A note to all those do-gooders who may be tempted to think jumping on the hood of a moving vehicle could potentially stop those inside from getting away: it doesn’t always work out like in the movies.
Woman tries to stop shoplifters from getting away by jumping on their car, fails 15 photos
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A woman shopping at a local home improvement store in Pittsfield Township, Michigan tried it and found out – the hard way – that criminals would – and do – not draw the line at hitting people with their car, if those people stand in their way.

Marcel Hillier tells MLive that he was just coming out of the store when he heard commotion in the parking lot. He’d heard the alarms go off so he knew someone must’ve tried to shoplift, so he turned on his cellphone. He recorded the exact moment when the thieves were driving away, with the woman clinging to the hood of the car.

The Pittsfield Township Police Department tells the publication that a caller alerted them that 3 young males had stolen some power tools from the store. When they arrived, they found the woman who had tried to stop them, but they were long gone.

The woman was part of a group of customers trying to detain the thieves until officers arrived. She was the only one to think jumping in front of their car would effectively prevent them from driving off.

“The vehicle struck the woman and fled the scene prior to officers arriving,” MLive reports. “The woman refused medical treatment at the scene, but later took herself to the hospital to be checked out as a precaution, police said.”

Police ran the tags on the car but later established that the registered owner wasn’t one of the suspects. This could mean that the getaway vehicle had been stolen. As of the time of writing, they have no one in custody.

That said, don’t ever do this. It may look good on the big screen or on Netflix, but it’s dangerous and potentially useless. Let the police do all the policing.

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