Need to borrow a phone to make a call? One man apparently needed to make lots of calls recently, stealing more than $29,915 in cellular devices from the Crossett Walmart.
The Crossett police are investigating what they’ve characterized as robbery in which a suspect left the store with a tote full of cell phones.
A news release from the Crossett Police Department said that at approximately 5 a.m. Sept. 17 officers were dispatched to Walmart in reference to a theft.
Officer David Mcalpin arrived and spoke to the manager, who said that a black male wearing winter clothing came into the business and broke open the glass phone case, placing the phones into a tote and attempting to leave the store.
A store employee reportedly told the officer that they attempted to stop the suspect, he turned and punched him in the face, causing the employee to fall to the ground. McCaughn said the employee told officers that he chased the suspect briefly in the parking lot, but the suspect got into a vehicle and left.
Store video shows the suspect was wearing black pants, a black hoodie, gloves and a beanie. The suspect also had a neon reflective vest with the caterpillar logo “CAT” on the left side midway on the vest.
The video shows that the suspect entered the building through an east door, selected a shopping cart and walked to the phone case in electronics, where he then went behind the counter and put a towel over the glass and used a hammer in an attempt to break the glass. McCaughn said that after several attempts the suspect then removed the towel and struck the glass with the hammer, causing the glass to shatter.
The suspect then allegedly grabbed a purple tote and began filling it with phones. McCaughn said it was when the suspect put the tote in the shopping cart and walked to the front of the store when the employee attempted to stop him.
Walmart provided an accountability report to the police showing the total value amount of phones stolen was $29,915.
The photo of the suspect was put on social media in an attempt to identify the suspect, but no arrest have been made at this time.
“We have investigated several leads but no definite suspect at this time,” McCaughn said.
He also said he reached out to the employee to do a photo lineup, but the employee was terminated as a result of the incident hindering the investigation.
McCaughn said the employee in question was not a suspect of the robbery or inovled in any way, and his termination was a matter of company policy, not because he is was connected to the crime.
“We encourage that the public help identify this suspect,” McCaughn said.
Anyone with information can contact McCaughan at any time at 870-415-2668.