Police: Target shoplifter assaulted workers while fleeing Rock Hill store
07/31/2014 1:38 PM
07/31/2014 1:39 PM
A man accused of stealing earrings, boxer shorts, makeup and a $54 watch was arrested Wednesday after police say he hit and shoved two security officers in a “last ditch effort” to escape a Rock Hill Target.
Store employees told police they witnessed Andrew Seth Proffitt, 19, grab several items from display cases and conceal them without paying as he headed for the front door, according to a Rock Hill police report. The employees stopped Proffitt and identified themselves as loss prevention officers. Proffitt, of Columbia, allegedly hit the officers, the report states, after running into them while he tried fleeing.
The officers managed to restrain Proffitt, who continued to struggle as they escorted him to an office to wait for police, the report states. Proffitt admitted to authorities that he shoved the loss prevention officers while trying to escape. Police say Proffitt tried stealing $25 stud earrings, a pair of boxer shorts, cosmetic concealer, lip gloss, cosmetic powder, a jewelry tray and a Casio watch.
Police arrested Proffitt, charging him with shoplifting and two counts of assault and battery. By Thursday morning, he was being held at the Rock Hill jail on a $2,000 bond. He has been placed on trespass notice from Target.
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