Shoplifter uses taser to escape employee intervention

Shoplifter uses taser to escape employee intervention

Macy’s at 3051 Stevens Creek Boulevard

SAN JOSE — Police report that 19-year-old  Laurie Catherine Black was found shoplifting multiple clothing and cosmetic items along with a male accomplice by the name of Todd Weaver.

Employees quickly caught on to the plan and confronted the couple when they tried to leave the store. One employee was attacked with a stun gun, which allowed Black and Weaver to get away with an estimated $1,200 worth of men’s clothing and accessories.

According to an asset prevention employee, Black and Weaver were observed on CCTV as they made their way through various departments, selecting items and then disappearing into fitting rooms. Once out of sight, they would hide the items in their bags before coming back out.

When Black was searched, a drug pipe and wire cutters were found in her possession.

Black was arrested on charges of second degree robbery, grand theft of more than $950, and possession of burglary tools. Weaver, who has a criminal history, has been charged with brandishing a weapon, false imprisonment, resisting an officer, stolen vehicle, grand theft, forgery, burglary, possession of controlled substances, and possession of marijuana.

Black was released on her own recognizance and is due to enter a plea in court on February 2 at 9 AM.

A stay-away order was issued on December 29th by the Honorable Kenneth Leroy Shapiro which explicitly ordered Black to stay away from the Macy’s located at 3051 Stevens Creek Boulevard in San Jose.

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