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McDonald's Worker Chases Down Suspected Thief

COLUMBUS (Kate Liebers) -- Some fast-food employees are also fast runners, as a suspected thief discovered Monday.

Thomas Brumley, 34, had allegedly attempted to snatch an elderly woman's purse at a McDonald's restaurant on West Broad Street, but was chased down by a 17-year-old employee.

Another coworker followed her. 

By the time emergency dispatchers were called, the suspect had been apprehended.

"Hi, uh, this guy just stole a purse at a McDonald's," a customer in the drive-thru told dispatchers. "He tried to run away but these people got ahold of him."

The caller told police the workers threw Brumley to the ground.

"He was trying to fight them but the women took him down," she said.

Shirley Cain, 78, now has her purse and a deeper appreciation for the employees at the restaurant she frequents. 

"It was so quick. He was so quick," Cain said of the theft. "The girls that were running -- he could have had a gun."

Brumley was charged with felony theft and could face up to one year in prison if convicted.

While McDonald's recognized the employee's attempt to retrieve the purse was successful, the company did not condone chasing down the suspect.

A McDonald's representative denied ABC 6/FOX 28's request to speak to the teen, but said her employment is still intact.

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