Purse Thief Caught by Shoppers at WalMart

At 1227 PM today, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Central Dispatch received a call from WalMart on Missouri Flat Road of a theft in progress. Stolen was an elderly woman’s purse that had been left in her shopping cart while she and her husband were near-by. The suspect allegedly grabbed the purse from the shopping cart and ran.
When the suspect fled, the couple started yelling and other patrons chased the suspect through the store. In the area of the Garden Center, one citizen tackled the suspect and held him down until deputies arrived. Some photos of what occurred were posted on Facebook.
Arrested and booked in the El Dorado County Jail was 27 year old Nicholas Joseph Paim. Any media out looking for his booking photo, please contact EDSO Records at (530) 621-5700.

Lt. Tom Murdoch
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office
Operations / OES