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Thief meets her match.

The Pro-Cleaners & Rental dry cleaning establishment in Spanish Fork, Utah, had already been robbed numerous times this year when, shortly before 10 a.m. on March 9, another miscreant struck the beleaguered business. This time it was a 16-year-old girl wearing a mask and armed with a stun gun similar to those issued to police officers. The front desk was unattended when she entered the store, but new store employee Lily Scholl, 18, happened to glance at a mirror positioned to show the desk and noticed the masked teenager.

When the young thief grabbed the cash drawer and attempted to scurry out a side door, Scholl yelled at her, then rushed to the door, grabbed the fleeing girl's sweatshirt, and pulled her back into the store. The two combatants fell to the floor and, during the ensuing scuffle, Scholl was punched in an eye, bitten on her arms, and zapped at least twice with the stun gun. Those zaps "hurt really bad," Scholl later told Salt Lake City television station KTVX. "It was like a bum, but wasn't on the skin. It was on the inside. It stung all the way through."

Despite excruciating pain, Scholl not only refused to let go of the masked miscreant, but eventually subdued her by placing her in a disabling wrestling hold. She then maintained that hold until police, who were summoned by another employee, arrived.

It was subsequently learned that the felonious teen, whose name was withheld due to her age, was the current girlfriend of Scholl's ex-boyfriend, Milo Burrows, 19. The boyfriend had worked for Pro-Cleaners, but was reportedly fired a few days prior to the attempted robbery for pilfering cash. He was soon found and arrested by police, and he reportedly admitted that he had planned the robbery.

Ironically, it was Burrows who taught Scholl wrestling moves, including the hold she used to vanquish Burrows' accomplice. "So in the end," the feisty employee told KUTV (another Salt Lake station), "It was actually [Burrows] that helped me get his girlfriend." All things considered, she described it as "a great day," asserting that she could not "just sit there and watch someone take something that doesn't belong to them."
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Title Annotation:The Goodness Of America
Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Date:Apr 19, 2004
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