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Posted on: November 24, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Frisco Police Statement Regarding Incident at Stonebriar Mall

FRISCO, TX – On Wednesday, November 21st at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Frisco Police Department responded to a shoplifting call from the Finish Line store, which is in the Stonebriar Mall.

Once officers arrived, store employees pointed out two adult males (one African American and one white), who they suspected of stealing approximately $600 worth of merchandise. Both males were detained by Frisco Police officers as they left another store. Upon completing a field investigation, the responding officers determined the individuals were not in possession of any stolen property and they were immediately released.

The Frisco Police Department is aware of the video circulating online and the questions that have been raised. Through our long-standing contacts with local community leaders, we have been in contact with one of the involved parties, Mr. Lockett, and have attempted to contact the other, Mr. Kibart. Mr. Lockett was given information on how to file a formal complaint and we encourage both parties to do so.

Although neither party has yet submitted a formal complaint, we have already been in contact with our community leaders and have begun a review of the incident. We look forward to having the opportunity to assess all the information related to this contact and, upon completion, further discuss that review with everyone involved.

This incident highlights the importance of “comply now, complain later”. By all accounts it appears that this is what Mr. Lockett and Mr. Kibart have done, which gives us the opportunity to evaluate our response to determine what happened and if there is opportunity for improvement.

Regarding the employee from Finish Line going through the bags; it is not uncommon for people who commit theft to place stolen property in bags from other stores. Since the employee thought a theft had occurred, they would have been attempting to recover their merchandise under Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 18.16, Preventing the Consequences of Theft.

Pending review of this incident, no other information will be released at this time.

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