Target Employee Files Report On Alleged Shoplifting By Deputy . . . Employee Is Fired And No Charges Are Brought Against the Deputy

150px-Target_logo.svgThere is a disturbing case out of the Leesburg Virginia (near my home) where Dallas Northington, an eight-year employee of Target, has been fired as he reportedly caught a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy shoplifting. He filed a report and was told that both his manager and the investigator recognized the culprit on a videotape. However, when he returned to work, he was canned by Target. In the meantime, despite the alleged identification and two color videotapes of the shoplifting, the police have yet to charge the officer (who reportedly left the force).


The culprit was captured twice shoplifting. The first incident occurred on May 16th. Northington was told by his supervisor that he noticed the man stick a tube of toothpaste into a bag after already paying for other items. Later the store manager allegedly said that he knew the man because they had participated in an NCAA March Madness pool together. They all decided to wait to see if the man returned. On May 27th, the man returned. A videotape showed the man take a full cart to the pharmacy register but only pay for half of the items. He then took the rest outside.

Northington field a police report and says that a Leesburg sergeant came to the store and watched the video. He says that the detective said “I know who that is . . . This is pretty serious” because the man was an officer.

Later he was fired by Target officials who told him that he had violated procedure by not filling out the proper paperwork before contacting the police. However, Northington says that he was never required to file such paperwork in the past.

The police insist that they are still investigating and added encryptically that “there might be some extenuating circumstances.”

Regardless of this “extenuating circumstances,” the burden is on the police to explain its actions and the delay in any charge in the case. As for Target, there are records of Northington making charges in his capacity as an employee in the past. Given his length of employment and past practices, the termination does raise obvious concerns.

Source: Washington Post

Kudos: Michael Blott

23 thoughts on “Target Employee Files Report On Alleged Shoplifting By Deputy . . . Employee Is Fired And No Charges Are Brought Against the Deputy”

  1. I read this story elsewhere, and immediately phoned Target at 1-800-591-3869. I told them that their firing of this man was reprehensible, that I would quit shopping at Target immediately, and that I would blog my intention as well as emailing it to my list — until such a time as Target reinstates this man they fired. The Target telephone customer service representative asked for the name of this fired individual, if I knew which Target store it was, and I also provided her with the name of his attorney.

  2. The Brotherhood.

    Police are “entitled.” The industry recognizes and jawbones the issue and the police continue to enjoy their entitlement. Try to get a TRO against a police officer. Evidence and history will be ignored. Judges empathize with the brotherhood. There goes objectivity. It’s called criminal corruption. The whole system is like Jerry Sandusky. How the hell did he get away with that “corruption” for so long. What the hell happened to this country after 1789? “Discipline.”

    Some years ago, San Bernardino, California Police Chief was caught in DUI and after only one or two brief media reports, the story disappeared. Silence…nothing. The Police Chief retired. Period. Everyone knew. No one did anything. DUI arrests of citizens were/are exceedingly numerous.

    China is widely prosecuting corruption throughout its communist/collectivist (the definition of corruption) society. American corruption, in all forms, starts at the literal words of the Preamble, Constitution and Bill of Rights and permeates through every elected, public, judicial, etc. facet.

    Ain’t life grand?

  3. I’m sure Mr Officer was just “testing” the loss prevention system. No harm. No foul.

  4. Al,

    Target’s credit card data base, is another department, IT security.

    Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob resigned as the retailer overhauls its information security and compliance division in the wake of a massive pre-Christmas data breach.

    Get this, fun stuff, CIO Beth Jacob had a backround in sales, not IT or IT security.

    The previous duties of chief compliance officer were overseen by Target’s current vice president of assurance risk and compliance, who had previous plans to retire.
    Now, Target is separating the responsibility for assurance risk and compliance.

  5. It doesn’t take a thief — to spot one. LP is horse itShay. Next we will hear that a customer can not report a thief. Who stole all of the debit card acct numbers? An LP?

  6. BarkingDog,

    LP is Loss and Prevention (Security). These employees work the fire systems, alarmed exit doors, security cameras, inside and outside perimeters .
    They may be plain clothes or in uniform. Shopping malls, Macy’s, Sears, Kmart, casinos, and college campus have them.

    Every company has an LP policy and protocol. Was Northington tasked as an LP?

  7. “The Law Defends Plunder
    But it does not always do this. Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame, danger, and scruple which their acts would otherwise involve. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons, and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim — when he defends himself — as a criminal. In short, there is a legal plunder, and it is of this, no doubt, that Mr. de Montalembert speaks.

    This legal plunder may be only an isolated stain among the legislative measures of the people. If so, it is best to wipe it out with a minimum of speeches and denunciations — and in spite of the uproar of the vested interests.” Bastiat

  8. “So, there is often a cozy relationship between local police and Target stores.” -NS

    Yeah, too many “cozy” relationships these days…

  9. I do not know what an “LP” is but Target Stores are two strikes and out. The first was the release of debit card numbers to thieves. Firing this employee is number two. I will never go into a Target Store again. Too much Red. Red is telling. Expect to see Mao at the register. Shareholders need to ask for an explanation from the management. Here an employee protects corporate assets from theft and gets fired. There is another aspect to this. The management was in on it and was being coerced or blackmailed into allowing the igPay to shoplift. Target Stores: pirate territory, fly over and flush.

  10. My daughter worked for Target Stores in high school and college. They are a good company to their employees. But, it is a large corporation and bound to have bad managers. I would like more details on this. They have a state of the art security system run by a former FBI agent. Target is the gold standard in retail security. The camera surveillance and technology is so state of the art local police use Target to assist w/ video surveillance enhancement of poor quality surveillance footage from ATM machines, convenience stores, etc.. Target can take fuzzy video of a suspect, license plate, etc. and make it usable. So, there is often a cozy relationship between local police and Target stores. That may play a part here. Their cameras cover every inch of their stores. It is also critical in civil suits. If you slip and fall in a Target it will be on videotape. So, if the plaintiff lies, they are screwed.

  11. ““we don’t want to have the police think we are against them,…then they will know we are on their side,”

    Actually, that seems to be a very valid concern. There is absolutely a portion of the police community that sees no problem with delaying or denying a response to those that aren’t friends of law enforcement. I read the “policeone” message board, and the comments there are enlightening and shocking at the same time. A recent post about Ikea telling uniformed police chief (armed of course) to leave his gun outside received comments that basically would leave any Ikea employee to wonder if the police would come when they are called.

    I realize this may be a small portion of the police forces nationwide, but I’d sure hate to be the person that gets one of these knuckle draggers assigned when I need help.

  12. As the former sheriff of Wayne County (IL) once said: “It ain’t right, but its so”.

    Once again, we are reminded that justice is sometimes (often?) different from right and wrong.

  13. Jeesh.
    It is like we are living in medieval times. If one of the King’s pages are caught stealing, you have to hush it up, otherwise you are the one at fault.
    What kind of idiocy rolled around in the back offices of Target in order to bubble up this statist kowtowing result?
    “we don’t want to have the police think we are against them, so we will fire this employee as a sacrifice to the high priests. then they will know we are on their side, even if they steal from us.”

  14. What does the Asset Protection Executive have to say, what is the policy? Was Northington an LP?

    Some requirements: Only LPs are allowed to accuse you of shoplifting. Normal employees are not allowed to confront you in any way.
    If they see someone looking suspicious or stealing something they MUST have an LP come and deal with it.

  15. The new American government/corporate ideal, from banksters to whistleblowers, reward the liar and punish the truth teller.

    And with all the baggage Target is carrying from their hacked credit card data to its support of anti gay marriage groups, you would think they would try and take the high ground. But it looks as though this corporation is not a good ‘person.’ Seems they train their investigators and managers to reward thievery and punish the truth.

    Because of their corporate record I try not to shop at Target, so this gives me another reason to avoid it all together.

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