Clayton police search for larceny, hit-and-run suspect
Posted January 31, 2013
Updated February 1, 2013
Clayton, N.C. — Clayton police are searching for a man after they say he stole a television from the Walmart on Highway 70 Thursday evening, fled in a stolen car and injured a woman in a hit-and-run crash nearby.
The man was speeding away from the Walmart when he hit a woman's car, jumped out of the truck and ran into some nearby woods, police said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital, but her condition was not immediately available. Police said her injuries are not life-threatening.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol helicopter and the Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9 team are assisting in the search, which is centered around a wooded area near the Walmart.
Debra Bryfogle was at the Walmart when the man sped away.
"I was scared. This is a Walmart that I go to a lot, and it's scary that I can't go to Walmart after school with my kids," she said. "In the middle of the afternoon, that somebody would do that just for a TV and put everybody in danger."
She added that the woman who was hit was "just an innocent bystander."