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Around 1:30 p.m Wednesday, Cindy Cho, the manager at the EDGE clothing store at the Shoppes at River Crossing took an unexpected lunch break.

A woman had walked out of her store with some shirts and pants, causing the alarm to go off, so Chochased her out into the parking lot.

Ten customers and a mall security officer helped pursue the shoplifter who dropped all the merchandise.

Mall manager Bill Baker called 13WMAZ Thursday morning and said mall security caught the woman across Riverside Drive and she was held until she could be turned over to her aunt.

They did not know the girl's age and she was not turned over to the Bibb Sheriff's Department.

"I screamed, 'everybody please help me!," Cho says.

She says during the course of the chase, around 10 bystanders and security, from drivers to people sitting at the restaurants gathered to help her out.

They chased the would-be-thief to the other end of the parking lot near Riverside Drive, where the woman fell and dropped the clothes.

Thanks to the help of strangers, at least she left empty-handed.

Cho says she recently moved to Macon from Atlanta and says she's glad people were so willing to help out.

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