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April 10, 2014

Report: Beer thieves threw punches at convenience store manager

Authorities are investigating an incident at a convenience store on Chatsworth Highway where two suspects reportedly took several cases of beer and briefly tussled with an assistant manager before making their escape.

Kangaroo Express assistant manager Jared Weaver told investigators he was at the store late Wednesday night when he saw two men trying to make off with four 18-packs of beer without paying, according to a report from the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Weaver said he was not working when the incident happened at the store at 3608 Chatsworth Highway and was only there to grab a drink before heading out.

“I seen them walking up to the counter with their beer ... then they ran out the door, and my first instinct was to grab them,” Weaver said.

He said one man got away and gave the beer to a person in a Ford Explorer just outside. One of the men then came over and “began to swing punches against Mr. Weaver” to help the man Weaver was holding get away, according to the report.

Weaver said that’s when he decided to let go. While he wasn’t hurt, he said he’s seen the men before and knows at least one has stolen in the past. He said both suspects are white men who appeared to be in their late 20s or early 30s — one tall and skinny, the other short and stocky.

Sheriff’s office Capt. Rick Swiney said officials aren’t putting out a more detailed description at this time. He said an investigator is working the case and has some leads but no arrests had been made as of late Thursday.

The report states that after the men stole the beer, they got into the Explorer, headed towards Dawnville Road and ran a red light at the intersection of Chatsworth Highway and Cedar Ridge Road, “nearly crashing with a vehicle traveling east on Chatsworth Highway.”

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