Protest at Market Basket in Lowell Pauses to Chase Suspected Shoplifter

What started off as a now-routine protest at one Market Basket location soon escalated into a veritable episode of “Cops,” minus the trailing camera crew.

As we’ve seen for more than a week now, workers and customers alike have taken to various Market Basket parking lots wielding signs and voicing strong opinions on the ongoing labor saga surrounding the ouster of the cherished (or, depending on who you ask, reviled) grocery store chain’s CEO.

It was more of the same Saturday morning at the Market Basket store on Bridge Street in Lowell, according to Lowell Sun reporter Hiroko Sato, who captured this scene of drivers passing the protesters in the store’s parking lot and honking their horns in support.

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The protesters were apparently the only occupants of an otherwise empty parking lot.

The peaceful protest changed tones dramatically when the ever-vigilant participants reportedly quickly abandoned their signs in an attempt to chase down an alleged shoplifter, who was apparently fast enough to elude his would-be captors.

That is, until police reportedly arrested the suspect on Boynton Street shortly after the protesters’ failed foot chase.

It is unclear if the suspect allegedly stole goods from the Market Basket.

Calls to the Lowell Police Department seeking comment were unsuccessful.

Check out Boston.com’s comprehensive coverage of the Market Basket saga here.