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Friday, January 9, 2015

49ers Lineman Knocks Out Purse Snatcher at Designer Retail Store

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:24 PM

A shoplifter might be wary of the cops or even bored security guards, but never are they expecting to get busted by a large football player with a hell of a tackle.

Here's a cautionary tale for all you would-be shoplifters: Yesterday afternoon, an opportunistic thief found himself in the grips of a 312-pound NFL player, specifically 49ers offensive tackle Jonathan Martin yesterday at a high-end retail shop in Los Angeles.

The San Francisco football lineman sacked the crook at a Versace store as he attempted to steal from the store, he says on his Twitter account.

"Just took a dude out trying to rob a Versace store," he tweeted, adding an honorable "#CivicDuty."

The whole incident lasted around 30 seconds, says Martin. It happened around 4 p.m. when he noticed a person running out of the shop with three purses in tow.

“I didn't even think,” Martin told Yahoo sports. “I just reacted. It wasn't till later when [my friend] said, 'He could have had a gun.' I didn't even think about it. I just wanted to help.”

He'd just so happened to be out shopping with a friend at Los Angeles' Beverly Center, Martin told Yahoo sports — Who says football players don't love to shop?

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