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Sheriff's office releases security camera footage of shoplifters who beat guard at Bealls store in East Manatee

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released security camera footage of two shoplifters at a Bealls store who were able to get away when one of the suspects beat a security guard, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 8:13 p.m. Saturday, the guard tried to detain the women outside the Bealls store at 7365 72nd Place E., off State Road 70, when one of the suspects beat him. The suspects then fled the area in a silver Chrysler Pacifica.

The first woman was described as being in her mid 20s, standing 5 feet, 5 inches or 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds. She has black hair and was wearing a black tank top and green pants.

The second woman was described as being in her 20s and standing 5 feet, 8 inches or 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 225 pounds. She has black hair and was wearing a white shirt and black pants and was carrying a red purse.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

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