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By The Associated Press
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 9:09 p.m.

LEESBURG, Va. — A security officer who worked at a Target store in Leesburg for eight years says he was fired after reporting shoplifting by a man who may have been a sheriff's deputy.

Security officer Dallas Northington told The Washington Post he responded to the May shoplifting case the way he always did, by filing a report with Leesburg police and providing surveillance video.

But days after that report, the suspect retired from the sheriff's office and Northington was fired. Northington said Target officials told him he violated procedure by not filling out paperwork before contacting police.

Store supervisors recognized the suspect, Northington said.

Target conducted an investigation and doesn't believe there's any merit to Northington's claims, a Target spokeswoman said.

Leesburg police are trying to identify the shoplifting suspect.

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