Caught in the act: Stunning new video shows Supercheap Auto alleged pram thief at work as she ‘shops’ in the aisles – as cops FINALLY launch hunt for the pretend mum behind crime that shocked Australia
- CCTV shows woman allegedly stealing from a Supercheap Auto store in QLD
- Worker Darren Woolfe was stood down after he confronted the alleged thief
- Police looking to speak to woman who allegedly stole two disc-rotors
- Mr Woolfe was caught in scuffle with woman who shouted ‘let go of my baby’
The woman who allegedly stole from a Supercheap Auto store and hid the items under a blanket in her pram is wanted by police.
Darren Woolfe, a former employee at the auto-parts store in the Gold Coast, was stood down after confronting the alleged thief as she left the shop on April 24.
Queensland Police on Friday confirmed it was looking for the woman, who allegedly stole two disc-rotors before swiftly walking out of the store.
‘Around 3.30pm, a woman with a pram attended the Southport Nerang Road store and concealed two disc-rotors in the pram, under a blanket,’ police said.
The woman who allegedly stole from a Gold Coast Supercheap Auto store and hid the items under a blanket in her pram is wanted by police
Police are investigating after the woman allegedly stole two disc-rotors from the store
Former employee Darren Woolfe is seen running after the alleged thief
‘The woman then left the store, making no attempt to pay for the items.
‘A male employee confronted the woman outside the store and retrieved the stolen items, before the woman fled the scene.’
Shocking CCTV released on Friday by police shows the woman allegedly placing the items underneath the blanket into the pram.
She then strolls past the cashier and leaves the store before Mr Woolfe is seen running after her.
A scuffle ensued between the pair, with the woman screaming at Mr Woolfe to ‘let go of my baby!’.
‘You haven’t even got a baby in there,’ the worker calmly replied.
‘Don’t touch my baby,’ the woman screamed again as Mr Woolfe noticed a box stowed inside the pram and covered with a blanket.
‘Oh there’s a box in there!’ the man cried in mock surprise.
The woman then seemingly gave up on her alleged ploy and told the retail worker he could have ‘the f**king motor’.
The footage shows the frustrated employee grabbing the pram while the woman pretends there is a baby inside and screams at him
She pushed a large cardboard box out of the pram and onto the pavement for Mr Woolfe to collect before finally calling him a ‘f**khead’.
The footage of the confrontation went viral and led to Supercheap Auto temporarily standing down Mr Woolfe, before he left the company altogether.
The company was slammed online for standing Mr Woolfe down but said it had policies in place to keep staff safe and stop them from confronting alleged shoplifters.
The owner of rival store Autobarn at Burleigh Heads, Michael Farrar, said he had lost more than $15,000 worth of goods to shoplifters in the last year.
Mr Woolfe has now taken up a new job with Autobarn.
‘In businesses you can measure a lot of things with KPIs like performance, but loyalty you can’t measure,’ Mr Farrar told Nine News.
‘So I thought he’s a very loyal kind of guy and the sort of person I want on my team.’
Daily Mail Australia earlier revealed the worker had been swamped with job offers before taking up a role with his new employer.
Dozens of people threatened to boycott the Supercheap Auto chain over the ‘woke’ decision.
‘After watching the video it’s crazy that Supercheap have stood him down after the commitment to them he demonstrated!’
In footage of the altercation a large cardboard box falls from the woman’s pram onto the pavement (pictured)