Shop Employees Makes Citizen's Arrest

Jan. 17, 2022

Two employees stopped a man who attempted to steal a vehicle from the shop. 

Jan. 17, 2022—Employees of Hopkins Automotive, a Springfield, Mo. repair shop, made a citizen's arrest on a man accused of stealing a truck from the shop, KTTS reported.

Two shop employees left a vehicle with keys inside outside of their shop while speaking with the owner. Police say that after they went in, a man ran up and got into the driver’s seat and drove off.

The two employees got in their own trucks and pursued him to a near intersection where they boxed him in with their vehicles.

When he got out, the two men grabbed him and held him until police arrived.

Springfield Police say the action the men took was legal, but caution against citizen’s arrests, since the situation can rapidly go wrong.

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