Yes they did. From industry experience, I’m doubting Wal-Mart allows their AP/LP employees to detain shoplifters out of the store.
The majority of Walmart employees I see don’t appear capable of engaging in such strenuous activity.
Possibly one of them laid on and crushed him.
Liability insurance policies of most stores result in their telling employees not to personally tackle a thief. It might be that Walmart, being as big as it is, doesn’t even bother having an insurance policy. It’s cheaper for them to handle such affairs in house.
There oughtta be a warning sign on the front door:
“There be rednecks here and they will rassle you down if you steal something! So don’t try it!”
I aw an incident years go at the Bentonville Arkansas Walmart. They had some guy up against a car, while three burly Walmart Employees stood around him with radios and a 4th (Don’t know of it was a cop or not) put handcuffs on this dude.
The perp had a complete look of disgust on his face as if he were saying ..”why did I do that, Dummy!”
Years ago when the Katrina mob was in this area the local Walmart had to go into lockdown and search every person leaving the store as there was so much shoplifting going on.