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Ultrarunners Chase Down Shoplifter in the Woods

Employees at an outdoor retailer in Tennessee nabbed a shoplifting suspect after a chase.

Employees at an outdoor retailer in Tennessee nabbed a shoplifting suspect after a chase.

Note to shoplifters: Don’t try to outrun an ultrarunner.

This seems to be the takeaway from a story out of Chattanooga, Tenn., where a would-be thief saw his getaway end early after being chased down by several ultrarunners working at outdoor retailer Rock/Creek.

According to Trail Runner Magazine, 40-year-old Eric Loffland, the store’s Assistant Manager, immediately started running after the alleged shoplifter. Other employees joined him.

The pursuit went down a street and through some parking lots before entering the woods.

“Being a trail runner, it wasn’t hard to follow someone through the woods,” Loffland said in Trail Runner. Loffland, according to the story, has run several 50K and 100-mile races.

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Loffland said the suspect started slowing down once he hit the woods. Less than a mile later, Loffland and his co-workers caught up to him and waited for police to arrive and arrest the man.

Despite Loffland’s efforts, however, police—and some employers—typically frown upon citizens and shop owners chasing down shoplifters because of safety and legal reasons.