Store employees have had an eye on the crowds, many claiming they've caught several people red-handed trying to sneak their own five-finger discount. Case after case, a metro court judge saw multiple accused shoplifters for their first appearances on Saturday, all of them arrested on Black Friday.
And, police said one suspect got violent with employees at Hobby Lobby on Juan Tabo, when workers approached him about stealing. A judge instructed 20-year-old Max Teufel to not return to Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby employees told police Teufel threatened them with a knife after he admitted to shoplifting a pocket watch for $11.99. Police said store workers held Teufel to the ground, prying a knife from his hand before police got there.
Most of the arrested shoplifters from Black Friday have criminal records. Read more