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Shop owner charged after allegedly punching 13yo ice-cream thief

A Gold Coast shop owner has been charged for allegedly punching a 13 year-old girl who had stolen an ice-cream.

Chieng Xing chased the teenager from his Lucky 7 convenience store in Southport before allegedly striking her in front of shocked witnesses.

“He’s punched her several times in the head and around the body and grabbed her by her hair,” Snr Sgt Tony Wormald alleged.

Chieng Xing has been charged for allegedly punching a teen thief. Source: 7News
Chieng Xing has been charged for allegedly punching a teen thief. Source: 7News

Mr Xing replayed the movements of two girls inside his shop on the store’s CCTV before he set chase.

The footage shows the 13 year-old girl appear to hide the ice-cream under her shirt as Mr Xing is distracted by her companion.

Mx Xing was distracted by one girl while another placed an ice-cream under her top. Source: 7News
Mx Xing was distracted by one girl while another placed an ice-cream under her top. Source: 7News

The frustrated shop owner called police to report the girl but when they arrived, officers charged him with assault occasioning bodily harm.

Mr Xing says his store has been a target of petty thieves, adding that he was assaulted by another shoplifter he tried to stop several months ago.

The 13-year-old was let off with a warning. Source: 7News
The 13-year-old was let off with a warning. Source: 7News

The 13-year-old was taken to hospital with an elbow injury. She was given a warning by police after showing signs of remorse.

“I spoke to the victim in the back of ambulance and she did indicate she had a change of heart, she knew it was the wrong thing,” Snr Sgt Wormald said.