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Police Chase Called Off Due to Risk

February 26, 2019 GMT

CHELMSFORD -- A brief police pursuit took place after a Walmart shoplifter assaulted a store employee and fled the parking lot in a stolen pickup truck Monday night.

The incident began when the suspect was approached by a loss prevention employee after he was witnessed stealing merchandise at around 7:30 p.m., according to Chelmsford police Lt. Gary Hannagan.

The shoplifter is accused of shoving the Walmart employee on his way out the door before getting into a vehicle. The loss prevention worker provided police with a license plate number of the pickup truck, which turned out to be stolen, according to Hannagan.

A pursuit involving police and the stolen vehicle took place from Drum Hill Road to Westford Street, but was called off by police after less than a minute, the lieutenant said.

“This day in age, we have to weigh the liability stuff,” Hannagan said. “At the end of the day, someone got shoved, and they stole a pair of headphones. Is that worth something happening? Sometimes it’s a bigger picture thing. We’ll catch up with him.”

The stolen vehicle is described as a black 2003 GMC Sierra, which was stolen out of Tyngsboro.

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