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Crazy video: Good Samaritan takes law in his own hands, captures shoplifter in the act

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TULSA, Okla. - This is the video people are sharing all over Facebook.

A man named Anthony Smith posted the video on his Facebook page on Sunday.

According to the comments on the social media site, Smith followed a possible shoplifter out of a Coweta Walmart and captured the man quickly throwing a shopping cart full of groceries into the back seat of this gold SUV.

The video even shows the man removing the SUV's license plate.

At one point Smith walks up to the windshield and tries to get the VIN number on camera.

The man in the video denies stealing from Walmart, claiming he paid for all of it.

But Smith kept rolling until the SUV sped away.

While Smith's bravery helped officers identify the man in the video, officers say Smith put himself in danger.

"The suspect could always become very violent towards the victim and assault them, take the phone. You never know if they have weapons. He definitely put himself at risk. Although I do appreciate the bravery that he had."

Corporal Leon Calhoun says if you witness a crime, it's best to snap your photos or shoot your video at a safe distance.

According to KTUL, Walmart confirmed their surveillance video shows the man did steal from the store.

Since the posting of the video, officers have identified the man and driver of the SUV.

Police have not released the names pending further investigation.


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