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Footage captures shoplifter raiding store, tackling employee to the ground in Broward

(LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA) — Surveillance footage captured an unhinged shoplifter attempting to kick down the locked doors of a closed clothing store in Broward.

A man entered the Rainbow clothing store in Lauderdale Lakes at 8:15 p.m. on Dec. 7, and began browsing the area for half an hour, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office.

The shoplifter then attempted to flee the scene minutes before the store was closing with his hands packed with merchandise, only to discover the doors were locked.

Footage captured the man attempting to kick down the doors, screaming at the store’s employees to open them.

Authorities say the thief realized he was able to unlock the door himself, and before making his escape, he tackled one of the employees to the ground and fled in a red truck with $200 worth in merchandise.

None of the employees were seriously injured.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.