Police: Shoplifter beat Walmart employee with gun

Santeri S. Hill (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police arrested a woman after she pulled a gun out on a Walmart employee and beat her with it. She told police she left the store without paying for several items because the employee was “treating her like a shoplifter.”

According to the affidavit for probable cause, Santeri Hill, 23, walked into a Fort Wayne Walmart store at around 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, November 30. A store loss prevention employee said she saw Hill take three DVDs and a pair of purple sparkly children’s boots.

The employee followed Hill throughout the store and once Hill got past the inner entry door, the employee confronted Hill before she could actually exit the store.

Hill told the employee she was going to pay for the items, but she needed to go outside for a minute. According to the probable cause, Hill dropped the items and left the store. She then came back into the store and pointed a small black handgun at the employee and said “I will shoot you.”

The employee told police Hill came at her and hit her on the head several times. Hill then told the employee she was going to “take her [sic] back.” She picked up the DVD’s and the boots and left the store.

Police said the incident was captured on surveillance cameras.

A Walmart customer who saw the incident gave police the license plate number for the car Hill left in. Police found the vehicle in the 3700-block of Trace Way and initiated a traffic stop. She was then taken to the police station to be interviewed.

Hill told police she was not trying to leave the store and she only pulled out the gun to defend herself against the Walmart employee. Hill said the employee confronted her for no reason and began to get physical with her.

Police said Hill admitted to hitting the employee on the head twice.

Hill told police she left Walmart without paying for the items because she was mad the employee had been treating her like a shoplifter.

According to police, Hill stole $48.88 worth of items. She also left other items on the store’s floor near the exit doors that were valued at $121.02.

Police said the gun Hill pulled out on the employee was a BB gun.

Hill was charged with Robbery, armed with a deadly weapon, a class B felony, and Battery, a class C felony.

As of Thursday afternoon, Hill was listed in the Allen County Jail.

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