This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Felony Theft which took place on the Westside of Columbus.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at approximately 6:30pm, a felony theft occurred at the Kroger store located at 2161 Eakin Road. Loss Prevention officers were at the store and recognized a male suspect who had previously stolen from this store. One of the officers positioned himself in the back hallway and waited for the suspect to attempt to exit the store with merchandise as he had done before. After the suspect had chosen several items and placed them in a laundry basket, the suspect then headed to the rear emergency exit door of the store where the loss prevention officer was positioned. The suspect started running and as the officer attempted to stop him, both the suspect and officer fell through the Emergency exit doors of the store. The suspect then ran to an awaiting vehicle outside the location. The officer ran toward the passenger side door of the car which was described as a small white late model SUV. The suspect attempted to get in the rear hatch of the vehicle and the officer attempted to detain him. The suspect then bit the officer’s finger, breaking the skin and making it bleed. The officer continued to attempt to take the suspect into custody; however, the female driver of the vehicle started driving, thus dragging the officer. The officer, unable to hang on, fell to the ground.
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and e-mail your tip. You can text a tip to “CRIMES” 274637, key word CMH.
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Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.
Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 12 Noon. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.