The New Milford Police Department has been busy recently and now they're seeking your assistance to resolve an alleged shoplifting incident.

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On September 5th, the New Milford Police Department shared the photos above and below on their Facebook page.

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Authorities said "the two individuals stole multiple items" from the Tractor Supply Store on 204 Danbury Road in New Milford. They added that the pair "left the scene in a newer model gray Kia Sportage."

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The thefts were said to have taken place at approximately 5:37 PM on August 26th, 2022. The male suspect is described as a Hispanic in his 20's and wearing gray shorts, long with a black shirt, long hair and sunglasses. The female suspect is also said to be in her 20's and was wearing a blue dress.

Anyone with any information that can assist the New Milford Police Department is being encouraged to reach out to Officer Stephen #145. Members of the community reacted to the Facebook post with a variety of helpful comments, including:

Stephen B. wrote: "Lenny Kravitz?" 

Don H. said: "Wow Jon Snow really hit rock bottom."

Crystal G. said: "Are those socks with sandals? That's the real crime here..." 

Let me quote Michael Scott and say "BOOM, ROASTED!"

There was one more comment that grabbed my attention, Barbi wrote: "Why didn’t the employees stop them?" This was something I only learned the answer to recently. Until mass shoplifting incidents started breaking out, all over the State of CT last year, I had no clue that employees are told they should not try and stop shoplifters.

This blew my mind but it's true, and I've spoken to a number of people in retail that have been instructed by their employers to let shoplifters walk out the door without confronting them. They are supposed to get a good look at the suspects so they can report them to the authorities but they can't try and stop them.

That seems seriously counter-intuitive, but I'd assume that is about keeping the employees safe. If someone is unhinged enough to steal in broad daylight (allegedly), they may also be willing to get violent.

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