Three females brought two cartons of cigarettes and one package of toilet paper to the cashier where they were bagged and one of the women took them from the store on Goodman Road in Southaven.
When the credit card used to purchase the items was declined, one of the women still in the store said she would have to go to the car to get the items or another form of payment.
The cashier and one other employee went to the car with the two females. When they arrived at the vehicle the women told them that there were no cigarettes to be returned. The employees found the toilet paper but not the cigarettes and then turned to go alert the store manager when the women jumped into their silver Chevy Impala and began backing up.
As the women were attempting to flee the store one of the employees was hit by the car, knocking her to the ground with the vehicle running over her while in reverse. To add further injury to the poor clerk, the driver then looked back and put the vehicle in drive before again running over the employee on their way out of the parking lot.
Thankfully, the victim is stable in a local hospital, according to local Southaven police.
The crime is still under investigation and the Southaven Police are trying to identify the driver of the Impala.
“We are still investigating whether or not this was a scheme to steal the cartons of cigarettes and if determined will be looking for all three of the unknown black females involved,” said Det. Mark Little in a press release. “We urge the women involved to contact the Southaven Police Department as soon as possible so that we can interview them and determine their role in this investigation.”
Source: “Shoplifters run over store clerk,” by JB Clark, published at DeSotoTimesTribune.com.