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'An Army of One': Army recruiter pursues shoplifting suspects while pushing 10-month-old daughter in stroller

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The Apple Store employees didn't intervene, so Staff Sgt. Sean Olivia took it from there

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The recruiting slogan for the U.S. Army starting in 2001 was titled "An Army of One."

And while the slogan, "Army Strong," went on to replace its rather short-lived predecessor, "An Army of One" sure feels like an apt description of one recruiters from the military branch with more than a little get up and go.

What happened?

See, Staff Sgt. Sean Olivia of the Minneapolis Recruiting Company was shopping with his 10-month-old daughter at Southdale Center in Edina on Sunday when he saw four men take merchandise from the Apple Store and leave without paying, an Army spokesperson told KMSP-TV.

Store employees did not intervene, the station said, so Olivia chased the suspects while pushing his daughter in a stroller.

And if these fellas thought they'd soon give the slip to this veteran of two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, they were sadly mistaken. Olivia soon passed his daughter to a bystander and pursued the suspects into the parking ramp, KMSP said.

The suspects got into their vehicle, but do you think they were home free? Not a chance, Private.

Olivia had the presence of mind to take photos of the culprits and their vehicle's license plate, the station said, after which he flagged down an Edina cop who was patrolling the parking ramp and pointed the officer to the suspects.

While the suspects fled police, they were stopped when a second officer cut off their escape route and were arrested.

An Army of One indeed.

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