Kids steal from Toys-R-Us, employee hit by get-away car twice

GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shoplifting case, involving juvenile bandits pushing a cart full of merchandise out of a store and loading it into a car.

According to police, a witness saw a boy around 10-years-old and a girl around 7-years-old pushing a full cart out of the Toys-R-Us at 6271 Glenway Avenue in Green Township just before 9 p.m. on Friday.

The witness told police that the children loaded the goods into a car parked outside.

A store employee was notified, and went up to the car to speak with the adult driver. The employee asked the driver for a receipt, and the driver said there wasn't one while he continued to load the items into the car. The employee went for help, and the suspect got into the car with the children and started the engine.

The employee got in front of the vehicle to try to keep the suspect from driving away. The driver pulled forward, hitting the employee, who rolled off the hood and landed on the ground. The employee got up, and the suspect pulled forward again, hitting the employee again before leaving the parking lot.

A witness followed the suspect's vehicle, described as a light brown Chevrolet Malibu with a Tennessee license plate #243KZR, to the area of Homelawn and Carrie Avenues in Cheviot, where the vehicle was lost.

The driver is described as a dark-skinned white man in his late twenties to early thirties with a "baby face". He is said to be around six feet tall, between 160 and 180 pounds. At the time of the offense, he was wearing a blue shirt with the letters "HCO" on the front and khaki shorts.

The employee was not injured.

People shopping near the store could not believe something like this could happen.

"Their parents would have to be behind it. I don't even know that I knew as a 7 or 10-year-old  to go into a store and steal something, it's shocking," says Barb Gruber of Colerain Township.

If you have any information relating to this case, call CrimeStoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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