Police busy with weekend thefts, assaults

Staff report


Police continue to investigate a robbery and two assaults during thefts from over the holiday weekend.

A knife-wielding man demanded money at Speedway, 649 E. Midlothian Blvd., about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The man was carrying a kitchen knife, and when the employee opened the cash drawer, the man took the entire drawer that contained an unspecified amount of money, according to reports.

The man ran out of the business to a waiting vehicle described as a four-door white Chevrolet Cavalier that drove east on Midlothian Boulevard, police said.

The other weekend cases involve shoplifters who are accused of assaulting store employees when confronted.

Earlier on Sunday, about 4:30 p.m., a store employee at J.C. Penney in the Southern Park Mall stopped a female suspect who was thought to be stuffing merchandise into her purse, police said.

When the employee stopped the woman, she handed back a perfume set but kept other items, reports state. The employee tried to get the woman to come back to the loss-prevention office, but the woman pushed the employee away and fled, police said.

On Monday, an employee at Family Dollar, 4030 Market St., told police three teenage boys stole candy from the store about 1:45 p.m., and when he confronted them, one of the boys punched him in the face, according to reports.

The employee said about 20 candy items were taken, police said.

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