MPD searches for teenagers who stole from Whole Foods, threw shopping carts at officers

A group of five teenagers attempted to steal multiple items from Whole Foods Thursday evening after throwing items at store employees, according to a Metropolitan Police Department report.

At about 7:56 p.m., two MPD officers responded to a call that teenagers were stealing and throwing items at the workers inside of Whole Foods. Store employees told police that they recognized the teens as juveniles who had previously stolen from the store, according to the report.

Two of the teens escaped on foot, while another was stopped at the door with chickpea puffs. After officers recovered the food, they allowed the third person to leave.

The remaining two teens attempted to steal 26 soaps in handheld shopping carts, but MPD officers stopped them before they left the store and recovered the items. The two teens then threw the shopping carts at the police officers, “striking them,” but neither officer was injured, the report states.

One of the two teens threatened to stab an officer, which caused the officer to “fear for his safety.” The same teen then made a handgun gesture at the officer and “pulled the ‘trigger,'” according to the report.

The two teens were last seen on foot on the 2200 block of I Street and allegedly took one bar of oat milk soap. Officers are still searching for the subjects for simple assault, shoplifting and threatening to kidnap or injure a person, according to the report.

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