Crime

Pierce County deputies want help identifying theft suspects

Two theft suspects are seen Jan. 5 at the Rite Aid store in South Hill. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are looking for information in two thefts that day from East Pierce County Rite Aid stores.
Two theft suspects are seen Jan. 5 at the Rite Aid store in South Hill. Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are looking for information in two thefts that day from East Pierce County Rite Aid stores. Courtesy

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are trying to identify three people who stole vitamins and dietary supplements from two Rite Aid stores in East Pierce County.

Surveillance footage captured the three entering the store at 176th Street East and Meridian Avenue East in South Hill about 6:05 p.m. Jan. 5.

Once there, they filled shopping baskets with nutritional supplements and electronics, then walked toward the exit, the Sheriff’s Department posted on Facebook.

Store employees confronted the three, who took off running with the merchandise. One dropped a basket with about $700 worth of items.

They fled into two waiting vehicles, one of which witnesses told deputies was a green Subaru.

About 20 minutes later, the three people took $1,100 in supplements and pills from the Rite Aid at 159th Street East and Pacific Highway South in Spanaway.

Anyone with information about the thieves is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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