Loss prevention officer hit by vehicle during shoplifitng incident

On November 7 at about 6:30 pm., Red Deer City RCMP Traffic Services responded to a complaint of a hit-and-run at a south Red Deer grocery store.

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On November 7 at about 6:30 pm., Red Deer City RCMP Traffic Services responded to a complaint of a hit-and-run at a south Red Deer grocery store.

Loss prevention officers at the East Hill Save-On-Foods, located at 30th Avenue and 22nd Street, observed a male shoplifter leaving the premise with stolen property.

The culprit left the store and attempted to get into a waiting vehicle. It is alleged the culprit pushed the officer as she was attempting to apprehend him, which resulted in the officer being run over by the vehicle.

The 21-year-old female was transported by Red Deer Emergency Services with undetermined injuries to the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

She has since been released.

Police recognized the shoplifter after reviewing video surveillance tapes. He was subsequently arrested on Wednesday.

The 44-year-old Red Deer man, who cannot be identified until Information has

been sworn, was released to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on December 22nd on charges of aggravated assault and theft under $5,000.

RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the driver of the suspect vehicle.

The vehicle is described as:

● Older model Chevrolet regular-cab pickup truck;

● dark blue or purple in colour;

● poor body condition;

● sliding rear window.

The male driver is described as:

● Caucasian;

● mid-30s;

● 5’10” to 6’1″ (178 to 185 cms) tall;

● 230 to 250 lbs (104 to 113 kgs);

● shaved bald;

● round face;

● dark eyes.

RCMP continue to investigate. Police ask that anyone with information regarding this crime contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

If the information leads to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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