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Black Friday shoplifter hits Grand Forks Menards worker

A Black Friday shoplifter didn't get quite the deal she wanted at the Grand Forks Menards, but she did hit a store employee with her car as she left the parking lot, according to police.

Instead of making off with her haul, the suspect abandoned her cart and fled.

The incident began shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday when a woman walked out of Menards with a cart full of stolen items, according to police Capt. Mark Nelson.

A store employee followed her to her vehicle and tried to stop her from leaving by blocking its path. The woman sped away, hitting the employee but not injuring him, Nelson said.

A license plate number was taken down and matched to an individual. Her name will not be released until she is formally charged, according to Nelson.

The case has been forwarded to the state's attorney's office with pending charges of theft and reckless endangerment.

Call Jewett at (701) 780-1108, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1108 or send email to