Shoplifters hit hardware store with child in tow

If you can help identify the suspects please call 503.823.3333

A surveillance photo of shoplifters at an Ace Hardware location in Northeast Portland, released Jan. 14, 2016 (Courtesy to KOIN)
A surveillance photo of shoplifters at an Ace Hardware location in Northeast Portland, released Jan. 14, 2016 (Courtesy to KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Security cameras captured a man and woman shoplifting from a local hardware store with a child in tow, and now police are working to identify them.

The manager of Broadway Ace Hardware tells KOIN 6 News they entered his store at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and split up to shop.

Security footage shows one of the accused shoplifters clip the security band on a laser level tool and stick it under his coat.

A surveillance photo of shoplifters at an Ace Hardware location in Northeast Portland, released Jan. 14, 2016 (Courtesy to KOIN)
A surveillance photo of shoplifters at an Ace Hardware location in Northeast Portland, released Jan. 14, 2016 (Courtesy to KOIN)

But it was the woman’s behavior that first raised employees’ suspicions when she was seen taking 2 shopping carts.

“She put a shopping cart there with the little kid’s coat in it and then she took off with her shopping cart,” Tyler Carter said. “And then I said, OK that’s kind of weird. Why would you not keep the kid’s coat with you?”

And multiple store security cameras didn’t deter the suspected thieves.

“I noticed that he was down this aisle and just looking around, and had just very odd things in his hands, things that didn’t go together,” Carter said. “So I just decided I was going to give him some customer service.”

The manager says he asked the suspects if they needed any help. That’s when the woman reportedly started putting some items back.

Meanwhile, the man went to the register and paid for a couple things. But store staff members say he didn’t purchase everything that went out the door.

The couple and child were in the store for about 1.5 hours on Tuesday night. They reportedly stole items worth just over $200.

If you can help identify the suspects please call 503.823.3333.

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