Worker hurt in Family Dollar theft

Family Dollar 2601 East Third Street in Dayton (WDTN Photo/Ben Sisson)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A worker was hurt inadvertently in an attempted theft at a Family Dollar.

Police were heading to another call Friday after 4:45 p.m. when they were flagged down by a Family Dollar employee at 2601 East Third Street.

The worker said a man walked into the store but when he walked out a few minutes later the alarm sounded. Workers ordered the man to stop and he handed over two bottles of shampoo, a bottle of conditioner, and a can of air freshener. They said the man then tried to leave, forced his way through the workers, and ended up hitting one of them in the face. They said he took off on a bike towards North Philadelphia Avenue behind a tattoo shop where he reportedly dropped a two-piece pliers set and a 41-piece socket set. An employee at the tattoo shop saw the stolen items and returned them to the Family Dollar.

Police are reviewing security video.

Officers described the suspect as a white male, 40-45 years old, 6’0″, wearing a red and white ball cap, red Ohio State jersey, a black leather coat, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

It’s unclear how much the man was able to get away with from the store. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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