Shoplifter charged with kidnapping store manager

1 of 4 suspects in custody



ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A store manager was forcibly picked up and carried out of her store by four shoplifters July 24 as they fled the store.

The manager told police four men came into the Ulta cosmetics store on North Point Parkway and approached the fragrance department. They suspects allegedly began placing fragrance bottles in a bag and then tried to leave the store.

One man left the store and set off the theft alarm. The manager then stationed herself in front of the exit to stop the others from leaving. One of the men grabbed her, picked her up and carried her outside before throwing her aside.

One of the men suspected of the theft was found nearby and identified by witnesses. Avrin Quatavious Gibson, 20, of Fairburn, was charged with being party to a crime, kidnapping, simple battery and theft by shoplifting.

Gibson has a history of shoplifting, according to the Fulton Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested less than a dozen days prior to this incident, July 11, for shoplifting, hit and run and fleeing police. Another shoplifting arrest occurred in May of 2012.

This article appeared in the August 8 issue of the Milton Herald.

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