On a recent afternoon, Garcia watched the two women steal $300 worth of clothes, pass the register without paying and walk out the door.
Rather than calling police, Garcia followed them. She approached the women outside the store and tried to retrieve the stolen merchandise - several pairs of crop pants, shorts and corset tops.
One of the women, Keysha Millwood, grabbed a stolen white shirt and threw it at Garcia as a distraction. She also managed to hit Garcia in the face.
Then, the thieves started running. Garcia followed them - all the way to the parking lot.
There, a police officer observed the chaotic scene and found the thieves hiding underneath a car. The stolen clothes were scattered nearby.
Millwood, of Fort Lauderdale, and Sherika Berry, of Lauderhill, were arrested and charged with petit theft and simple battery. They were booked into jail.
I hope Garcia was awarded Employee of the Month - or year - for her actions.