State police: Shoplifting suspect purposely hits store employee with car

Connecticut State Police say this shoplifting suspect hit a store employee with his car while fleeing in Killingly on Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016. (Photo provided by Connecticut State Police)
Connecticut State Police say this shoplifting suspect hit a store employee with his car while fleeing in Killingly on Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016. (Photo provided by Connecticut State Police)


Connecticut State Police say a shoplifting suspect hit a store employee with this car while fleeing in Killingly on Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016. (Photo provided by Connecticut State Police)
Connecticut State Police say a shoplifting suspect hit a store employee with this car while fleeing in Killingly on Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016. (Photo provided by Connecticut State Police)

KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) — A shoplifting suspect purposely hit a store employee with his car while fleeing in Killingly Thursday afternoon, state police say.

According to authorities, the suspect stole merchandise from Lowes Home Improvement at Killingly Commons around 2:45 p.m. They say an employee followed him to his car and tried to get his license plate number. Police say the suspect then sped towards the employee and hit him, causing him to get trapped on the hood while the suspect jerked the wheel until the employee fell off.

State police describe the suspect as a 5’11” tall, white man in his mid-40s to 50s with a heavy build and receding hair line. They say he was last seen driving a four-door, light gold or light brown Chrysler or Plymouth with a sunroof.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Detective Hunt at (860) 779-4900.