Petaluma Kmart Workers Help Police Arrest Shoplifter

PETALUMA (BCN) – A duo suspected of filching electronics repeatedly from a Kmart in Petaluma was arrested Friday night after store employees trailed the alleged thieves, police said.

About 8:30 p.m., employees at the Kmart located at 261 North McDowell Blvd. recognized a man who entered the store as the one responsible for several thefts of electronics from the store over the past week, according to police.

Employees watched as 32-year-old Jeremy Ladeau, of Petaluma, walked out the store’s side exit without paying for the flat screen television he was carrying, police said.

Ladeau got into a vehicle waiting for him by the exit and fled the scene, but employees were close behind and followed Ladeau to a nearby gas station.

Petaluma police caught up with Ladeau and 23-year-old Amber Marcott, of Santa Rosa, at the gas station and arrested the pair on suspicion of commercial burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and committing crimes while out on bail.

Both suspects were booked at Sonoma County jail on $10,000 bail.

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  • ct2

    stupid criminals.
    the get away car should always have a full tank before teh crime is commited.

    not that it would of made much difference in the long run. license plate would be one of the early 911 questions…..

  • dano

    These suspects committed the crimes herein reported while out on bail? Speaks volumes on the American criminal justice system!

    • dm

      Book’em, Dano

  • L

    Now the employees will be fired for getting involved.

  • Susan C S

    Many retail establishments would fire employees for getting so involved in a crime. Best thing to do for safety of all is to call the police. Following criminals outside a store could have deadly consequences. The thrill of the chase is one thing, but your life is worth WAY MORE than the price of a television!

    • dm

      You are correct, I hope they don’t get fired.

  • Amber B

    Way to be a Debbie Downer Susan CS. At least these people cared enough about their workplace to do this. Shoplifting affects a stores’ overall performance and the fact that these people sacrificed their safety to catch someone who is repeatedly stealing from their store speaks volumes about their loyalty and work ethic to KMART.

  • Petalumans Against Susan C S

    Susan C S, don’t be silly.

    It is the responsibility of all citizens to STOP crime by taking personal initiative. The employees didn’t run up to the car or jump on the windshield. They stood up to some punks who thought they had it all figured out by taking adequate measures to get these losers arrested and preventing another potential robbery which may have turned violent had it not gone so smoothly.

    Maybe now other criminals will thing twice about messing around with K-Mart employees who showed some pride in their civic duty and themselves.

    Well done K-Mart employees!

  • Joel

    Since when does Kmart have any kind of apparent work ethic? These guys must have just started.

  • onecheeksneak

    On bail. Sounds like someone didn’t learn anything from being behind bars.

  • mark alan

    2 down 20 million to go…hahahah

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