J23 wrote (edited )

According to Marc Sean Hurd who practices law in California, grabbing of your arm would be a battery (a "harmful or offensive touching") and if you saw her hand/arm coming toward you that "apprehension" could also be an assault.

You could sue her and Walmart, but since the damages are minimal it might be better to do nothing and continue quietly shoplifting from them.


J23 wrote

This is how it's done. https://youtu.be/j9LGkVO08TE

Two guys wanted to buy a phone but they were short of cash. They asked shopkeeper to hold the phone for them and gave him small deposit. They never came back.

The phone is stolen at around 03:10 right in front of shopkeeper and his assistant. At 06:05 you can see it once more from different camera angle.