The Clinton Police Department is seeking help in identifying persons of interest in an alleged theft case at the gift shop at Sampson Regional Medical Center.
Police have released photos of the suspected culprits, believed to be two Hispanic males and two females.
Clinton Police Detective Robbie King said, after reviewing the video surveillance, it appeared that the four were working together in an attempt to steal from the store before fleeing the scene, however more information is being sought. The incident occurred about 2 p.m. Wednesday.
“The call came in as a shoplifter at the hospital gift shop,” King stated.
In the footage, he stated, there was one Hispanic male wearing an aqua-colored T-shirt. He appeared to have his dark hair pulled up into a ponytail and had extensive tattoos on both arms. Another male subject had short-cropped dark hair and appeared to be wearing a flannel vest over a dark-colored T-shirt. The two other subjects were believed to be females, one wearing a hooded jacket, the other wearing a pink sweater with the sleeves rolled up.
King said it looked as if the four were working together. The two girls were looking in the jewelry section when the male wearing the flannel shirt came over to them, took some of the jewelry and shoved it down his pants. At that point, the jewelry fell through the male’s pant leg and onto the floor, King said.
The case is still under investigation.
“They didn’t actually steal anything that we know of,” the detective said, “but we do have them for concealment of merchandise.”
Any citizen with information about this incident or the identities of any of the people in the photographs are urged to call the Clinton Police Department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team at 910-592-3105. Information can be reported anonymously by calling 910-590-3009 or texting keyword tipcpd and the information to TIP411 (847411) or by sending information through the “tipcpd” app for Apple and Android devices.
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