It happened Saturday around 4:30 in the afternoon at the Dahl’s on Ingersoll in Des Moines. Store officials say two women were caught stealing $30.00 worth of merchandise.
Tim Davis, the Vice President of Operations for Dahl’s Corporate Office, said his employees did everything they were trained to do. He said the manager on duty approached a woman he believed was trying to leave the store without paying for her items. Davis says she admitted to taking the items and went to the office willingly. But according to the police report, the cooperation didn't last long.
When officers arrived, Ariana Harris was physically fighting with employees- kicking and screaming to try to get away. The officer said he first handcuffed her, with the help of an employee, and then went across the room to do the same to Karolann Harris who was under control. Three employees were injured and taken to the hospital.
“If it can happen in the middle of a grocery store with cameras and people surrounding what’s to say it couldn’t happen in a small business like this?” said Aaron Russo, a store clerk at Ingersoll Wine and Spirits, across the street from Dahl’s.
Russo says the quick response from police helps him rest a little easier.
“I’ve called in the past and like I said you hope someone comes very quickly,” said Russo.
Davis also thanked police for how quickly they arrived to the store.
The three employees were treated and released from the hospital. Dahl's management tells us at least one of the employees requested to come back to work the next day. Both women are charged with robbery, criminal mischief and willful injury. Arianna Harris is also charged with assault on a police officer for allegedly kicking one of the arresting officers. They are both being held in the Polk County Jail.