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Concerned shopper confronts suspected shoplifters at Southern Park Mall

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Two Youngstown women are in the Mahoning County jail after a shopper at the Southern Park Mall decided she was going to do something about a pair of suspected shoplifters accused of taking nearly $1,500 worth of goods.

A woman shopping at Sears says she told an employee that she saw two women stuffing backpack style purses with merchandise on Tuesday.

The employee replied, “There's nothing I can do since they already left,” according to the police report.

The shopper says she saw later saw the same two women in the store stuffing more merchandise into the purses.

This time the shopper followed the women outside the store where she says she saw them grab more bags hidden in some bushes.

As the two began carrying their bags onto a WRTA bus, the shopper confronted them saying she was going to take the items they "stole” back inside the store.

As the shopper grabbed the bags, one of the suspected shoplifters began to scuffle with her, claiming she had paid for them, according to the report.

That's when police arrived.

Police spoke with a Sears manager who identified the recovered items as store property worth a total of $1,489.22.

The concerned shopper, who told police she was not injured, pointed out the woman who allegedly pushed her. Police identified the woman as 22-year-old Tiesha Howell, who has been charged with robbery.

The other suspect, Breiash Floyd Franklin is charged with theft.

Both women are scheduled to appear in court Thursday evening.

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