Man takes batteries, punches worker at CVS

Sur­veil­lance photo

An uniden­ti­fied shoplift­er with a mean streak con­tin­ues to elude cap­ture, but Phil­adelphia po­lice hope that im­ages of his face will spark a tip that will un­lock the case.

Sur­veil­lance cam­er­as at the CVS at 6501 Har­bison Ave. took some col­or video of the cul­prit as he entered the busi­ness just be­fore 9 p.m. on Jan. 16. The crook browsed the aisles briefly be­fore tak­ing a pack­age of bat­ter­ies from a rack and walk­ing to­ward the door, po­lice said.

The thief ex­ited the store without pay­ing. But when an alert em­ploy­ee at­temp­ted to stop him, the shoplift­er punched him in the face and jumped in­to a gray SUV with a wo­man pas­sen­ger. The work­er suffered a deep fa­cial cut as a res­ult of the beat­ing.

The crook is now wanted for rob­bery and re­lated charges. He was de­scribed as white, 6 feet 2 inches or more, 275 pounds and in his early 30s. He has short, dark hair and a re­ced­ing hair­line. He had no fa­cial hair and wore a gray hood­ie sweat­shirt, black pants and gray sneak­ers, po­lice said.

He was in the com­pany of a wo­man who ap­peared to be His­pan­ic with me­di­um brown skin, in her late 20s and 5 feet 4 inches tall. She has short, light brown hair.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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