Kiddie Bandits

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Monday, June 20, 2011 - 2:37pm

Tiny shoplifters push cart of ill-gotten goods to getaway driver waiting outside of Toys R Us.

Ohio deputies are searching for a shoplifter who they said twice ran over a Western Hills Toys-R-Us employee.

Shoppers said they noticed a boy of about 10 years old and a girl of about 7 years old pushing a cart with merchandise from the store and putting items into a vehicle in the parking lot of store.

The witnesses alerted an employee who then approached the vehicle.

Deputies said a man then came up to the vehicle and, when the employee asked for a receipt, the man said there was none and began putting more merchandise into the vehicle.

When the employee asked for assistance from other employees in the store, deputies said the man got into the vehicle with the children and started the engine.

The man pulled forward and struck the employee when he tried to get in front of the car, deputies said, and the employee rolled off the hood and fell to the ground.

Deputies said the man began pulling forward again as the employee stood up and the employee was hit a second time.

The employee was not seriously injured.

The man was described as a dark-skinned white man about 30 years old with a "baby face."

He is about 6 feet tall and weighs between 160 and 180 pounds, and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with the letters "HCO" on the front and khaki shorts.

Witnesses said he was driving a light brown Chevrolet Malibu with the Tennessee license plate number 243KZR.

"I literally thought the employee was going to end up under the car," said witness Tony Oliver. "The man just stepped on the gas, and luckily the guy rolled off the top of the hood."

With their own children in the car, Tony and Amy Oliver said they chased the man from Werk Road to Glenway Avenue -- with 911 on the phone the entire time.

Having a son and a daughter right around the same age as the children loading the toys, the couple said it was the way the guy used his children in the crime that made them take action.

"We were upset because we (were thinking) about the kids. These children are no older than our children, and that's what bothers me so much -- that this is the kind of environment they're in," Amy Oliver said.

The couple said they eventually had to back off because the man was speeding down side streets,

The way he was driving, Tony Oliver said the man probably knew his way around town.

"What drives me nuts is that we lost him. He got away with it right now," Tony Oliver said.

The couple said they're hoping the man doesn't get away with it for long.

This incident remains under investigation.
 

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