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Fargo police arrest man in shoplifting case; 'quite a bit of property'

FARGO - Fargo police arrested a man Saturday in a shoplifting case that may involve thefts from several West Acres-area stores, Sgt. Greg Stone said Sunday.

Gilbert E. Peltier, 46, Dunseith, N.D., was arrested when police stopped his vehicle after a shoplifting suspect matching his description allegedly tossed a bag of clothing at Sears loss-prevention employees and drove away from the store in a red Chevy Blazer, Stone said.

The vehicle was stopped in the area of 13th Avenue South and 38th Avenue South, Stone said.

Officers found many shirts and other items of clothing in the vehicle, some of it identified as coming from the Herberger's store in the West Acres mall, and the nearby Gordman's store, Stone said.

"Quite a bit of property," Stone said, as he tried to total up the shirts, pants, swimming trunks and other items. "A big amount of clothing."

Stone said Sears loss prevention employees had reported seeing Peltier stuff clothing into a West Acres mall bag, then leave the mall.

Stone said the loss-prevention employees followed Peltier out of the store, confronted him, and tried to make a citizen's arrest. Stone said the employees reported that Peltier threw the bag he had been carrying at them, then drove out of the lot.

The incident was reported about 5:45 p.m., Stone said.

After Peltier was stopped, by police, Sears loss-prevention employees identified him as the person who they had observed shoplifting, Stone said.

Peltier was taken to the Cass County Jail, where he was still in custody Sunday evening, jail staff said.

Stone said the incident is still under investigation.