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Worker confronts alleged young thief in Perth’s south

A Perth employee has come under fire for taking the law into his own hands, confronting an alleged shoplifter in the southern suburbs.

Seven News obtained vision of an IGA worker confronting a boy who allegedly stole a four-pack of energy drinks from the Bertram store.

Witnesses say staff from the shop chased the boy out of the store to nearby Warrior Pass and grabbed him before calling police.

“The store worker grabbed his collar, pushed him to the ground, took his backpack and left,” witness Jack Doherty said.

The man was filmed confronting the alleged thief in Bertram.The man was filmed confronting the alleged thief in Bertram.
Camera IconThe man was filmed confronting the alleged thief in Bertram.Picture: 7 News

Mr Doherty told 7 News the child and his group of friends were aggressive before the alleged confrontation.

IGA staff declined to comment on the video when contacted.

The confrontation comes just days after a 41-year-old Kelmscott IGA manager was charged for allegedly locking a nine-year-old boy in the storeroom for trying to steal a bottle of Coke.

Relatives of the boy claimed he was assaulted, thrown in the storeroom and padlocked inside. It is believed he was causing trouble in the store with other children who ran to the boy’s home to alert his family.

The boy escaped from the storeroom by smashing a window, cutting his arm as he made his escape.

Police are investigating the latest confrontation in Bertram, but so far no one has been charged.

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