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Retail theft call leads to man exposing himself, woman doing karate on officers at EC Walmart

Eau Claire (WQOW) – What started as a routine theft call for police at the Eau Claire Walmart turned out not to be routine at all. In the end, a woman was doing karate and a man was naked in the back of the store while their dog ran free.

Eau Claire police say they were called to Walmart around 8:30 Wednesday night for a retail theft that was happening. Police were told a woman and her dog were shoplifting from the store.

When police arrived they found the woman, Lisa Smith, 46, screaming in the entryway and trying to catch her dog, Bo. Police also learned Smith’s son, Benny Vann, 25, was in the store causing problems.

Officers learned Smith went into Walmart with her unleashed dog. While Bo ran up to customers Smith started ‘erratically’ pulling apart store displays and putting them in her cart. When she was asked to leave she started performing karate moves in the parking lot.

They say Bo grabbed some cornbread mix and tried to leave the store, too.

Smith was arrested and fought with officers. She also attempted to kick out a window on the squad car, police said.

While all of that was going on, police say Vann was in the back of the store and had removed all his clothes exposing himself to customers.

When officers approached him, Vann tried to run over an officer with his scooter. He too was arrested.

Smith was arrested on disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and bail jumping charges.

Vann was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior, disorderly conduct and retail theft.

Bo was eventually caught in the store and taken to the humane association. Police joked he is not facing charges.

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