Ashley Watkins (left) and Kashif Hamilton (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Spartanburg police said they arrested two shoplifters who dragged a store employee outside of the mall after the employee tried to stop them from stealing clothes on Wednesday.
Police said the loss prevention manager for the Hollister store at the Westgate Mall noticed 28-year-old Ashley Watkins and 26-year-old Kashif Hamilton using pliers to take sensors off some clothes before stuffing them in Watkins' purse and leaving the store.
The pair then went to the American Eagle Outfitters store where they stole more clothes, police said.
Police said the Hollister manager then approached both suspects as they left American Eagle and asked for the clothes back, prompting Watkins to grab the manager's arm and try to push her.
Officers said Watkins and Hamilton then began to fight the manager, dragging her out of the mall where two women headed inside the mall saw the fight and tried to help break it up.
Police said the manager was thrown to the ground, and the two threatened to punch her in the face before they went to leave, but mall security was able to detain them until officers arrived.
The manager was taken to urgent care with some injuries, police said. The police reports stated nearly $280 worth of clothes were stolen from both stores but recovered, though some were damaged from the torn-off sensors.
According to online jail records, Watkins was charged with two counts of strong-arm robbery, two counts of possession of criminal tools, third-degree assault and battery and malicious injury to property. She was being held on bond.
Hamilton was charged with third-degree assault and battery and two counts of shoplifting and has since been released from jail, according to online detention center records.
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