DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - The Daphne Police Department is asking for the public's help catching what they called a bold thief. Police said a man stole two flat screen TV's on two separate days from the Target in Daphne. During one of the thefts, police said the suspect backed his vehicle into a store employee.
It was Friday, February 8, during the broad daylight when Daphne Police said Target's surveillance video shows a man walk into the Target on Highway 98 and steal an expensive flat screen television.
"He walks into the store through the main doors," described Daphne Police Detective Joe Sullivan. "He goes straight and grabs a buggy. I guess he had an idea of exactly what he wanted to do. He went straight to the electronics section, loaded a TV into it and walked out past the electronics counter and walked out the front door."
Police said they only knew about that theft because of what happened two days later. Detective Sullivan said the same man, wearing the same clothes struck again in the same way, but this time a store employee saw him and followed him out.
When the employee tried to get a tag number on his car, investigators said the suspect backed into her on purpose and sped away. They said thus prompted store security to go back and review surveillance video from days before ,and that's when they realized they'd been hit twice.
"They got away with it that first time and they got home and probably said, ‘Hey that was easy. Nobody even stopped us. Let's go back again.' It does really lead you to believe that they could have done this on multiple occasions," Sullivan said.
Police said the suspect was already facing theft charges for the first television he took; but because he backed into the store clerk on the second theft, he now faces aggravated robbery charges.
"It's very dangerous. All the clerks were trying to do was get a tag number," explained Sullivan. "The suspect that was driving the vehicle decided that he didn't want his tag number gotten and backed pretty fast into the clerk."
Police said the clerk only received minor injuries to her arm. They said the suspect and another man left the area in a white Jeep Cherokee with an Alabama tag. If you have any information about these crimes, you're asked to call the Daphne Police Department.
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