SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Crime Stoppers and the Springfield Police Department ask for help identifying the man who stole merchandise from a store at Battlefield Mall and then fought with security officers who tried to stop him. The crime occurred on Aug. 29 at 4:19 p.m. at Sears.
Security saw the man steal merchandise and then leave the store. They pursued him as he fled to an awaiting silver, two-door sports car driven by a woman. There was a physical altercation between the thief and security officers until the thief was able to flee in the vehicle. None of the security officers were hurt.
The thief is white, about 5-feet-10 and about 225 pounds with light brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing a white t-shirt and denim jeans. A store surveillance camera took a photo of him.
If you were in the area of this incident and saw any suspicious people or vehicles at these times, or if you know the thief, you can call Crime Stoppers at (417) 869-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.tipsubmit.com. Tipsters do not have to give their name and could earn a reward.
Crime Stoppers takes information about drug dealers, wanted felons, and all other felonies. It pay rewards of up to $1,000 in cash for the information that leads to the arrest and filing of charges against people involved in felonies.