Suspected shoplifter brandishes firearm in West Valley Shopko

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Aug. 11, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Police are looking for a would-be shoplifter who brandished a weapon when store personnel tried to detain him.

West Valley City Police Sgt. Jay Horner said the incident happened at about 6 p.m. Friday at Shopko, 4850 W. 3500 South.

The suspect, a man in his early 30s, was attempting to steal an item or items and was stopped by a store employee. Horner said the suspect then brandished a firearm and fled the scene. No one was injured in the incident.

Officers set up a containment area but were unable to locate the suspect.

The investigation is still in the very early stages, Horner said, and after police have checked surveillance video, they may release a photo of the suspect.

He is described as a white man, early 30s, wearing a black jacket, black hat, and black sunglasses. He also has lip piercings.

Anyone who has any information that would help identify this suspect is asked to call West Valley City Police at 801-840-4000.

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