Police: Woman claims to have gun when confronted for shoplifting

Police hope to identify this woman, who on Sept. 5 claimed to have a gun when she was confronted for shoplifting at a metro store. (Oklahoma City Police Department)

Officials hope to identify a woman who claimed to have a gun when she was confronted for shoplifting from a metro store.

The Oklahoma City Police Department reports that at 2:20 p.m. Sept. 5 officers were called to Family Dollar, 1400 S. Pennsylvania. The manager of the store told police that he had noticed a woman inside the store for an extended period of time.

The manager then received a phone call from a man who claimed to be the woman's husband. The man stated he knew the woman was "causing a scene" and pleaded with the manager to not call 911.

The call raised the manager's suspicions and he began watching the woman. He noticed she had a basket full of merchandise and more under her arms. Police reports show the manager was walking the woman to the cash register when all of a sudden she stuck out her tongue and ran out of the store with the items.

The manager chased the woman out of the store, where she fell to the ground. While getting up, the woman placed her hand inside her purse and stated "I have a gun, come on, chase me". The woman then fled the scene. The store employee was able to recover all the stolen items, which were dropped when the woman tripped.

Surveillance shows that the woman arrived at the store as a passenger on a blue motorcycle. Police have released a photo taken of the woman prior to the incident.

Anyone with information on the woman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 405-235-7300.

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