Moment shoplifter shoved Home Depot worker, 82, to the ground after he tried to stop the thief


Shocking moment shoplifter shoved 82-year-old Home Depot worker to the ground after he tried to stop the thief brazenly wheeling a cart full of power tools out of North Carolina store

  • An unidentified Home Depot worker, 82, was violently shoved to the ground by a thief on Tuesday in Hillsborough, North Carolina
  • The victim was working the outside station booth in what appears to be the garden area when the thief rolled by with nearly $850 in merchandise
  • When he approached the suspect, who was also not identified, the man violently shoved him to the ground, causing him to hit his head
  • The man did sustain injuries, police said, but the extent is unknown
  • The suspect is still at large and the police are asking for the public’s help

An 82-year-old Home Depot worker was pushed to the ground by a thief after he tried to stop him from stealing power tools in North Carolina.

The unidentified victim was working the outside station booth in what appears to be the garden area at a Hillsborough Home Depot on Tuesday when he noticed a man in a dark hoodie rolling a cart full of power tools.

The man can be seen slowly approaching the suspect, who has not been identified, and placing a gentle hand on the man’s arm.

Surveillance footage shows the suspect, who was wearing a black Calvin Klein sweatshirt and a mask, thrust a forceful arm across the older man’s shoulders, shoving him to the ground as he kept walking.

The unidentified victim, 82, was working the outside station booth in what appears to be the garden area at a Hillsborough Home Depot on Tuesday when he noticed a man in a dark hoodie rolling a cart full of power tools

The man can be seen slowly approaching the suspect, who has not been identified, and placing a gentle hand on the man's arm.  Surveillance footage shows the suspect, who was wearing a black Calvin Klein sweatshirt and a mask, thrust a forceful arm across the older man's shoulders, shoving him to the ground as he kept walking

The man can be seen slowly approaching the suspect, who has not been identified, and placing a gentle hand on the man’s arm. Surveillance footage shows the suspect, who was wearing a black Calvin Klein sweatshirt and a mask, thrust a forceful arm across the older man’s shoulders, shoving him to the ground as he kept walking

The suspect stole nearly $850 in merchandise after he threw the old man to the ground.  He left the store in a Hyundai Sonata with a 'blank' temporary tag

The suspect stole nearly $850 in merchandise after he threw the old man to the ground. He left the store in a Hyundai Sonata with a ‘blank’ temporary tag

The man falls into a potted plant and struggles to stand up. Police reported the man was ‘injured,’ but it is unclear the extent of them.

The suspect rolled out what appeared to be stealing a Ryobi 1900 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, which retails for $179; a 2700 PSI Brushless Electric Pressure Washer, which retails for $419; and a 2000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, which retails for $239.

Police said the suspect fled the scene in a white, four-door, Hyundai Sonata with a ‘blank’ temporary tag.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.

The altercation comes after the state was rocked by a 15-year-old gunman killed his brother, 16, and four others near Neuse River Greenway.

Austin Thompson murdered He then murdered Susan Karnatz, 49, Nicole Connors, 52, Mary Marshall, 35, and off-duty police officer Gabriel Torres, 29, earlier this month.

The older hit his head on a potted plant and police said he sustained injuries.  The extent of his injuries are unknown

The older hit his head on a potted plant and police said he sustained injuries. The extent of his injuries are unknown

Thompson fled the scene of the rampage to a barn six miles from his home where he barricaded himself inside for several hours. Before he was taken into custody, police said Thompson suffered a ‘life threatening injury.’

A neighbor told the News and Observer that Thompson was sometimes seen with a bookbag in the early hours of the morning.

‘I used to see him at 4:30, 5 in the morning with a bookbag on,’ said Lavarius Thompson, an unrelated neighbor. ‘Buses don’t run until 7 in the morning.’

Neighbors also said that Thompson lived with his father, who worked as a handyman, and would often help on jobs.

Other neighbors in the Hedingham subdivision who were also classmates of the gunman told WRAL they did not see any red flags prior to the shootings.

Thompson’s family have not yet spoken out. His killing spree prompted President Biden to renew his calls for a ban on assault weapons.

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