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Police: Accused shoplifter tried to run over Rock Hill store worker with car

Rosie Jones
Rosie Jones Rock Hill Police

A Rock Hill woman tried to back her car into an employee of the store from which she shoplifted Saturday, according to Rock Hill Police.

A man and woman, apparently working together, left the Sally Beauty Supply on Cherry Road with a hair trimmer, according to a police report. An employee saw the suspects get into a car outside the store. The female suspect dropped the empty trimmer box on the ground.

The employee went to pick up the box to help the woman, then realized she was shoplifting, police said. She was trying to write down the license plate number when the female driver put the car in reverse and backed out, almost striking the employee, who had to jump out of the way. The employee told police she thought the suspect was trying to run her over.

The car was registered to Rosie Jones, of Coach House Court, who police say has an extensive history of property crimes.

Jones later called police headquarters wishing to speak with the officer assigned to the case, police said. She told the officer she knew she had warrants and wanted to give police information “to help her case.”

“Jones also gave a detailed account of the charges, what witnesses said and who the witnesses were,” the report states. “It became apparent that one of the employees was complicit in the crime and later informed Jones of her wanted status.”

Jones surrendered to authorities and was charged with shoplifting and assault with a deadly weapon, and was released from the Rock Hill city jail Sunday under $7,000 bond. She told police one of the store employees is a friend of hers.

The employee told Jones when to come and steal the items because her assistant manager was on break and “she could get away with it,” police said. Officers are still investigating the case and plan to file charges against the employee.

The worker connected to the crime is not the one who was nearly hit by the car.

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