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Springdale Police Department searching for shoplifting suspect who contributed to cruiser crash

Springdale, SC 11/16/2021 (Paul Kirby) – The Springdale Police Department is searching for a suspect who is accused of stealing from the Dollar General store on Platt Springs Road Tuesday morning. After store employees realized the man was stealing, he fled the scene on a bicycle and then on foot. As of Tuesday afternoon, the suspect was still at large.


According to Springdale Police Chief Andrew “Bear” Richbourg, the suspect was spotted by a Springdale police officer after he fled the store. When the officer gave chase, the suspect ditched the bicycle he was riding and fled into a neighborhood on foot. Officers from several departments set up a perimeter but somehow the man slipped away. Chief Richbourg said that his office has reviewed surveillance video from the store, and he believes that they have identified the man. If they confirm a positive identification, warrants can be issued for his arrest.

As the initial foot chase began, a South Congaree police officer was requested to assist with the perimeter. While enroute, his cruiser was hit in the passenger side by a pickup truck that failed to yield to the officers lights and siren. According to South Congaree Police Chief Josh Shumpert, the officer was driving with his lights and siren on when he stopped at the light at Pine and Main Streets, looked, and then proceeded to cross the intersection. That's when the other vehicle collided with the department's Tahoe the officer was driving. Chief Shumpert said that his officer had some cuts and scrapes but was otherwise alright. This collision is under investigation by the SCHP.


Chief Richbourg says that the suspect they are searching for is a white male that was wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie at the time of the incident. Police are hoping to release a photo and a better description of the suspect later today via their Facebook page.


If you have any idea who the man is, please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME SC. You can also make tips through CRIME STOPPERS P-3 app or through their website at midlandscrimestoppers.com.


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