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Two suspects nabbed after pursuits from Thriftway


June 20, 2018

THRIFTWAY STAFF members, left, confer with a police officer as, right, another officer interviews shoplifting suspect Amanda Marie McDowell as she lies on the ground after a pursuit up Highway 228 from the grocery store.

Police arrested two people accused of shoplifting at Sweet Home Thriftway in separate incidents last week after store employees confronted and followed them.

Using a Linn County Sheriff's Office search dog, Sweet Home police arrested Matthew Allen Pitts, 29, for second-degree robbery after a pursuit into the woods behind the Veterans Club, 580 Main St., on June 13.

A caller reported that a male had taken two sausage sticks worth about $10 from Thriftway, 621 Main St., at 2:46 p.m., said Community Services Officer Gina Riley. A staff member confronted the male, and he returned the sausage...

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