The Houston Chronicle reported that a convenience-store owner fatally stabbed a man Sunday night who allegedly shoplifted beer from his store.
The newspaper reported that a 36-year-old man came into the D&Q Mini Mart around 7:30 p.m. and allegedly shoplifted beer. He and the store owner than became involved in an altercation outside the store, the paper quoted Houston Police Department Homicide Division Officer M. Khan as saying.
The store owner allegedly stabbed the man, who then ran about two blocks to a gas station, where he collapsed, the Chronicle reported.
We see it daily in reports about the valor and sacrifices of U.S. troops on two foreign battle fronts, and in the quick actions of police and firefighters at home.
But people who knew Bruce Florence say he was a hero too.
For more than a decade, he was a regular sight at the Walmart in Westworth Village, greeting customers, ringing up purchases and stocking merchandise. But his wife, Cathey, said he worked a second job to further provide for her their 14-year-old daughter, Kelsey.
But on June 14, Bruce Florence was knocked to the ground when he tried to stop a man who was trying to walk out without paying for a $348 TV. Florence was hospitalized with a head injury until he died on Father's Day.
"Bruce was a good man who left behind a loving family and good friends," said Darrell Bartell, a Walmart co-worker. "He didn't die defending his country or saving someone's life. He died because a coward wanted a television set."
What ever happened to the Commandment: "Thou shalt not steal?"
A British clergyman is catching a lot of criticism for advising his congregation to shoplift if they were desperate during the recession. That's better than mugging, prostitution or burglary, he told his flock following his nativity sermon.
"All in the family" has taken on a new meaning for three generations of a Lodi, Calif., clan.
Police there have arrested a grandmother, her daughter and some of her grandchildren on shoplifting charges. An 8-year-old and a 5-year-old are among those detained.
The family members are charged with trying to steal $900 work of merchandise from a Target store. The alleged crime was captured on surveillance video, police said. Reportedly the tape shows the family cutting open boxes and hiding MP3 players, digital cameras, DVDs, sports equipment, bags, a backpack and jewelry.
Here's a disturbing video from Upper Darby, Pa., where police say they caught a grandmother who can be seen on store surveillance video using her granddaughter and a baby stroller to help shoplift items from a Sears store. Police say they took hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise. By the way, there's no sound on this video.