Epping Plow Truck Driver Chases Alleged Shoplifter From Walmart Lot

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV

EPPING, N.H. (CBS) – Plow truck driver Laura Barker was clearing snow at a Walmart parking lot during Thursday’s storm when something caught her eye.

“I saw an officer hiding at the doors waiting for somebody so I just kind of kept doing my job, kept an eye on him, make sure everything was going smoothly,” said Barker.

The officer was waiting for Joshua Peno who was believed to be shoplifting in the store.

But Barker says while the officer was escorting Peno to a squad car, Peno ran.

Barker jumped into the fray, following the 22-year-old suspect and trying to keep him from leaving the scene of the crime.

The officer and Peno ended up wrestling each other to the ground, but Peno got away again and headed for a getaway car.

Barker followed in her snow plow, trying to slow down the driver and block the suspects, but she lost them at a nearby intersection.

Still she feels that she did her part to help.

“Us plow guys we’re just out here doing our job and when you see an officer on the ground, it was a little disconcerting to see that,” said Barker.

Peno was eventually arrested and charged with a number of crimes according to police.

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