A WOULD-BE thief who assaulted staff who tried to stop him stealing from their South Shields store is today being hunted by police.
They appealed for help to catch the man who went into the Tesco store in Tower’s Place, South Shields, at 4.40pm and tried to steal four bottles of spirits in a Farm Foods carrier bag.
He was confronted by a member of staff, who he pushed past and assaulted, before being confronted by other staff and members of the public outside.
After a scuffle he made off in a red Toyota Aygo, which it’s thought had a registration starting ED13 or AD13 or something similar.
Those involved suffered minor bruising in the incident.
The suspect wasin his mid to late 30s, about 5ft 7ins, of muscular build, with short brown hair, spiked up a bit on the top.
He was wearing a blue dress shirt, navy trousers and shiny black shoes.
In the Farm Foods bag was also a red Nike hooded top which is believed also belonged to the man.
Pc Chris Haldane from South Shields Police said: “There were people in the area at the time when this man ran out of the shop and, following a scuffle, left in a red car.
“I’m keen to speak to these witnesses or anyone else who was at the scene and saw what happened.
“I’d also like to speak to anyone who knows anyone who owns a red Toyota with a similar registration.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.