Diaper theft leaves security guard injured - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Diaper theft leaves security guard injured

SPOKANE, Wash. - Deputies are trying to get to the bottom of a shoplifting-turned-robbery in which a grocery employee suffered an injured cheek during a Huggies heist.

The 28-year-old Safeway employee told Deputy David Westlake that he was working security in plain clothes when he saw a white male and black female push a cart loaded with boxes of diapers past the checkout stations and out the front door.

The employee identified himself as a store security officer.  The male suspect began yelling he was sorry, then turned and punched the employee in the face.  The employee grabbed the suspect's shirt in an attempt to prevent his escape, but the shirt ripped and the man was able to get away.

In the meantime, the female was pushing the cart-load of loot out into the parking lot.  The employee caught up to her and ordered her to stop.  She got into the passenger side of a silver SUV and it appeared she would await the arrival of deputies.

However, she slid behind the wheel and drove away. The Washington plate on the getaway vehicle was similar to 546YBG.

The security employee was not seriously injured in the assault and was able to provide the male suspect's torn shirt, hat and watch to Westlake as evidence in the case.  Value of the pilfered diapers was estimated at $18.

Anyone with information about the suspects is encouraged to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

- Spokane County Sheriff's Office

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