Off-duty deputy helps catch Rock Hill shoplifting suspect

adouglas@heraldonline.comJune 7, 2013 

— An accused shoplifter was chased across Dave Lyle Boulevard and then ordered to the ground at gun point in the Walmart Garden Center Thursday afternoon after police say he stole a power drill from Lowe’s and ran from an off-duty Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

The deputy chased the man, 24, on foot from Lowe’s to Walmart before Rock Hill police arrived and arrested the accused shoplifter, according to a Rock Hill police report.

Police say the man took a $217 Dewalt Compact Drill from the home improvement store then threw the drill in the Ryan’s dumpster while the deputy chased him.

A Rock Hill officer saw the man jogging in the Garden Center with the deputy close behind, yelling for him to stop, the report states.

The man tried to hit the deputy before the officer intervened and drew his gun, according to the report.

Police charged the man with first offense shoplifting and returned the drill to Lowe’s.

He told officers he has been unemployed for two years and he took the drill so that he could sell it to someone, the report states.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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