Target Security Officer Fired After Reporting Shoplifting Theft

A security officer who worked at a Target store in Leesburg, Virginia, for eight years says he was fired after reporting shoplifting by a man who worked for the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office.

Security officer Dallas Northington told the Washington Post that he responded to the May 27 shoplifting case the way he always did, by filing a report with Leesburg police and providing surveillance video. But days after the report, Northington was fired.

Northington said Target officials told him he violated procedure by not filling out paperwork before contacting police. Northington says store supervisors recognized the suspect.

Leesburg police said Monday they positively identified the suspect May 30 as a sheriff's employee. According to the Associated Press, the sheriff's employee will be charged. 

Leesburg police said Northington's dismissal "was strictly a corporate decision made by Target with no discussion or knowledge by our agency."

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