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Shoplifter arrested for breaking woman’s arm

A 19-year-old Port Orchard man was arrested for assault Saturday after allegedly breaking the arm of a Wal-Mart employee who caught him shoplifting, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the deputy’s report, the suspect left the Wal-Mart department store on Bethel Road in South Kitsap without paying for $50 worth of iPod accessories shortly after 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.

When a 27-year-old female security worker at the store tried to stop the suspect, he allegedly injured her arm while attempting to escape.

When the deputy arrived at the store, the employee said she thought her wrist was broken, and another employee had helped put a splint on her arm.

The suspect reportedly apologized several times to the employee, telling the deputy that he wasn’t trying to hurt the woman, just trying to get away.

The suspect admitted he had left the store Saturday without paying for an iPod cover and an FM transmitter, items worth more than $50.

He was then booked into Kitsap County Jail for assault, third-degree.

The victim later told the deputy that she had suffered a spiral fracture of her arm and would require a cast.

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