Canton Police using Facebook to help catch suspected thief
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This image captured from a surveillance video shows a man Canton police suspect of robbing a local Walmart. The department recently took to Facebook asking for help locating the suspect.<br>Cherokee Tribune/special
This image captured from a surveillance video shows a man Canton police suspect of robbing a local Walmart. The department recently took to Facebook asking for help locating the suspect.
Cherokee Tribune/special
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CANTON — The Canton Police are using social media to ask for help in locating a suspect in a possible shoplifting incident at the Canton Walmart.

Detectives with the Canton Police Department say a man was trying to leave the store on Highway 5 in Canton on Monday about 8:30 a.m. with a cart full of stolen goods.

The suspect pushed the cart out the door, bypassing check-out registers, police said in the information on Facebook at Canton PD Cid.

Police also posted a copy of surveillance video on Facebook and are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.

Images of the man entering and leaving the store were captured on Walmart’s surveillance cameras

“He is an unidentified male, and we have at this time not been able to identify him,” Sgt. Matt Baldwin said. “Hopefully with the help of some leads we can identify who this suspect is.”

Baldwin said when confronted by a store loss prevention officer the man “literally ran through the parking lot pushing the cart” before abandoning it between two vehicles and fleeing toward the Stevie B’s restaurant.

The police officer said the man may have left the area in a vehicle or on foot.

“We did check local hotels in the area. He didn’t reside there. He could have had a vehicle in the area,” Baldwin said.

Those who have any information on the suspect and his identity are asked to contact the police department’s criminal investigations division at (770) 720-4883.

If there is no answer or it is after hours, those with tips can call 911 and leave the information there.
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