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Detectives seek help identifying 2 'aggressive' shoplifters

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Overland Park police were called about 5:40 p.m. Saturday to the Best Buy store located at 11525 Metcalf Ave. regarding two shoplifters, one of which assaulted a loss prevention officer on the way out of the store. Overland Park police were called about 5:40 p.m. Saturday to the Best Buy store located at 11525 Metcalf Ave. regarding two shoplifters, one of which assaulted a loss prevention officer on the way out of the store.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Detectives are asking for the public's help identifying two aggressive shoplifters caught on surveillance cameras, police say.

Overland Park police were called about 5:40 p.m. Saturday to the Best Buy store located at 11525 Metcalf Ave. after store personnel confronted two shoplifters, one of whom assaulted a loss prevention officer on the way out of the store.

The security officer said he saw two men grab three Xbox gaming systems off the shelf and quickly head toward the front doors.

When the officer tried to stop them at the exit, one of the suspects shoved the officer down twice and tried to punch him when he got up.

The officer sustained minor injuries as a result of the altercation.

"I think it's pretty sad, it shouldn't have gone that far," said Jenny Dickenson.

Dickenson and Blaine Hermreck were saddened, but not surprised when they heard about the two men who are accused of beating a loss prevention officer.

This type of aggressive shoplifting is something police are seeing more and more often.

"Absolutely, we are seeing that they're becoming more physical and more violent," said Overland Park officer Gary Mason.

Hermreck works at another large retailer and said that company's policy is hands-off. No matter what the shoplifters are trying to steal, employees are not to physically try to stop them. Hermreck believes that's giving crooks extra confidence to rip off whatever they want, however they want.

"They will do what they can do to get what they need," he said.

Both suspects were last seen leaving the parking lot in a dark-colored SUV with Missouri tags that was described as having heavy front-end damage.

Best Buy said in a written statement that they're happy things didn't end up far worse.

"We're thankful that our employee wasn't seriously injured in the incident. We're cooperating with local authorities as they work to apprehend the criminals," wrote Megan Boyd, with Best Buy public relations.

Anyone with information on the identity of the two shoplifters is asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS or Overland Park police at 913-344-8750.

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