Female store clerk dragged by car, injured chasing shoplifters


A Don Quijote store in Tokyo

TOKYO (majirox news) — A car dragged a store clerk who was attempting to stop thieves at a store in Iruma City, Saitama prefecture, at 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 18, police said. The man and woman fled the area.

The unidentified 33-year-old female clerk told police she saw a man carrying stolen speakers from Don Quijote to his car, parked in front of the store. She ran outside after him, and as she was getting into the left rear door to grab the speakers, the car suddenly accelerated, throwing her to the ground and dragging her several feet.

The woman was treated at a nearby hospital for a broken arm, scrapes and bruises, according to police. It will take her about three months to recover, they noted.

Don Quijote, which is often referred to by its shortened name, Donki, is a discount chain store with more than 160 locations throughout Japan and three stores in Hawaii. It carries a wide range of products from basic groceries to electronics to clothing.

Police are still searching for the suspects.

The man was described as 20 to 25 years old, 1.7 meters (5’6″) tall, with short, bleached-blonde hair and wearing black frame glasses. There was a bleached-blonde female also sitting in the car, but no description of her was provided.

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