Thief Tosses Aside 82-Year-Old Greeter at BJ's Wholesale

It's bad enough to have to work when you're 82 years old. It's worse when you have to work as a greeter at a place like BJ's Wholesale. And it's phenomenally shitty that the job also placed 82-year-old George Sobol in the unenviable position of trying to stop a computer thief. The incident below happened just after 5 p.m., October 30 at the store on Hillsboro Boulevard in Parkland. From the BSO release:

Surveillance cameras were rolling as the suspect is seen casually walking into the store and past the greeter at 5:12 p.m. as he heads straight toward the computer merchandise. A couple of minutes later, the suspect approaches Sobol to ask for his assistance with the computers. He tries to get Sobol to leave his post at the entrance of the store, but Sobol refuses.

The suspect returns to the computer section and reappears in the video minutes later as he walks past Sobol holding a computer box in each hand. Sobol, who was checking a customer's receipt, notices the suspect and begins to run after him, but the suspect pushed Sobol to the ground and continued to run out of the store. Another witness chases after the suspect, who dropped the computers outside the store, and continued running across Hillsboro Blvd. The witness continued to give chase until the suspect turned around and lifted up his shirt revealing something silver in color.

Video of the incident is here. Sobol got a broken rib for his trouble. If you have information on this incident, contact BSO or go to browardcrimestoppers.org


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