VICTORVILLE (CBSLA.com) — The scene Sunday outside a Stater Bros. looked a little strange to an outsider, so he pulled out his cellphone to record what was going on.
“I just wanted to make sure police weren’t going to brutally hurt this lady,” said Michael Solis.
A concerned Solis shot a few minutes of video.
On Thursday evening, Solis spoke to CBS2’s Crystal Cruz for a story that is Only On 2.
“I just leaned forward and started recording,” Solis says.
It wasn’t exactly men with badges behaving badly as Solis feared.
“It was a funny story after a second,” Solis says.
Authorities say what Solis captured on video was a suspected shoplifter in Victorville.
“She seemed more upset rather than embarrassed,” he recalls.
CBS2 has blurred the woman’s face because she hasn’t publicly been identified.
The woman pulled out piles of household goods from her back seat and handed them over, and rather reluctantly. They were allegedly taken from the Walgreens across the street.
“She was just haggling them and not wanting to give the stuff to them. Arguing to the fullest,” Solis says.
When it looks like the suspected sticky fingers is done pulling out stolen stuff, deputies tell her keep it coming, and their hands quickly fill up.
On Facebook, people compared her car to a Mary Poppins’ bag; the goods just kept pouring out.
“I was wondering where she put all this stuff. She had a little small purse,” says Solis.
The unidentified woman also had a decent-sized Mercedes-Benz SUV. She left in the pricey vehicle, but not before getting a ticket and a tongue-lashing from officers.
“You shouldn’t be doing this,” Solis reported them saying, “You’re too old for this — just scolding her.”
Authorities told Cruz the incident is under investigation and the woman could still face charges.