Shoplifting suspects strike store manager with vehicle

Jeff Bobo • Sep 10, 2008 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — Rogersville police are looking for a couple of shoplifting suspects who struck an assistant manager with their car while making their escape from the local Wal-Mart.

Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson said the incident was captured on Wal-Mart parking lot surveillance video, but the picture was so bad he couldn’t distinguish males from females or the type of car used in the getaway.

The incident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Wal-Mart on Route 66 in Rogersville.

Assistant Manager Clifford King told police he was attempting to stop a male and female as they left the store who were suspected of stealing lithium batteries.

Lithium batteries are commonly used as a component in a meth lab.

According to a report filed by Rogersville Police Department Officer Joey Maddox, the couple went to row eight, entered a gold car, and sped out of their parking space as King arrived, striking King on the leg.

Nelson said King wasn’t badly injured in the incident and didn’t require medical attention.

Police were called immediately, and officers attempted to intercept the vehicle as it made its way out of Rogersville but were unsuccessful.

The male suspect was described as 6 feet tall, probably in his 30s, wearing blue jeans and a ball cap.

The female suspect was described as about 5 feet 5 inches tall and in her 20s with dark brown hair in a ponytail and wearing a green shirt with some type of white design on it.

The vehicle was a gold, four-door compact car — possibly a Nissan or a Honda.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the RPD at 272-7555.

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