Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Store Security Officers Are Struck with Baseball Bats

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Store Security Officers Are Struck with Baseball Bats

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

Two employees were injured Sunday afternoon when they tried to stop three shoplifters from leaving the parking lot of the Kmart at 9600 San Jose Blvd. with clothing valued at $100, and were hit with a baseball bat.

Police said the three men walked into the store at 6:50 p.m. and began stuffing infants clothing under their shirts. The trio ran out of the store and jumped into a blue car, with two loss prevention officers in pursuit. When the men started the car and put it in gear, the loss prevention officers ran up, identified themselves, and one reached in to shove the gearshift into park, police said. When the driver tried to put the car into drive again, the two officers shoved the gearshift back again, police said.

One of the loss prevention officers sprayed the driver with pepper spray, and that's when another man in the back seat pulled out a baseball bat and began beating the two officers' heads and arms, police said. During the melee, the driver drove off with the two officers hanging onto the car. Both officers jumped free, and another employee and one of the officers followed in their car. But when they tried to cut off the escaping men in another parking lot, the men drove the car into them before fleeing.

Police said the same three men also had tried to steal clothing valued together at $788 on May 17, but were thwarted by employees.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County areas, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices:

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-- At least a dozen vehicles were burglarized late Sunday and early Monday in driveways of apartments in the 10000 block of Arrowhead Drive.

Hundreds of compact discs, cameras, wallets, stereos, video equipment, a briefcase and tools were taken from the vehicles parked next door or close to each other, police said. Only a few of the victims' cars had smashed windows; the rest apparently were left unlocked when the items were stolen, police said.

Meanwhile, a minivan and truck were burglarized between 9 p. …

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