Deputies search for Spanaway suspect who turned shoplift into strong-arm robbery

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Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help to I.D. a strong-arm robbery suspect. Surveillance video from the Walmart in Spanaway shows a guy lollygagging through the store last week. The camera followed him as he grabs a sweatshirt off a rack and starts heading toward the doors.

“This starts out as a simple shoplift,” said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer. “It’s a $17 sweatshirt, but once he assaulted the store employee on the way out it turns it into a felony. So, a person that will go do a simple shoplift and actually resort to assault to escape is somebody we want to get identified because he’s probably out doing shoplifts every day and we don’t want anybody else to get hurt.”

The suspect appears to be white, lanky and wearing a black beanie, baggy gray hoodie and baggy dark pants. He also had a blue bandana hanging down from his front, right pants pocket and earbuds or headphones hanging around his neck.

If you know his name, please call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477).​ It is anonymous and there is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest and charges in the case.

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