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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Store manager wrestles alleged shoplifter to ground

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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) -- What would you do if you thought you saw someone shoplifting? A Shallotte store manager was faced with that situation and sprung into action, and it was all caught on camera.

Police say an unidentified store manager caught Christal Marlena Wunder, 32, trying to hide $12 worth of socks, plates and paint at the Dollar Tree in Shallotte. He asked her to put the items back or pay for them. When she refused, she tried to run for the parking lot. That's when the manager wrestled her to the ground, as you can see in this video posted on YouTube.

Police say it all happened while Wunder's two kids were waiting in the car.

The incident was the talk of the town Wednesday.

"I don't know what the world is coming to today," Shallotte resident Justin Durso said. "Number one you're going to leave your kids in the car while you're inside. That's not right there. Number two it's Dollar Tree. Nothing is over a dollar or two in there. If you can't afford that then there are government programs out there that will help you."

Wunder was taken to the hospital after the scuffle complaining of back pain.

Shallotte police cited her for shoplifting.

Despite Wunder's alleged back injury many still sided with the store manager.

"He did exactly what he was supposed to do," Durso said. "He told her you have to pay for it or put it back, and she got irate about it. She's now claiming he assaulted her, when it's clearly on video footage that she assaulted him in the first place."

We tried to talk to both Wunder and Dollar Tree, but both declined comment on this story.

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