Clothes thief punches worker who chased him

May 31, 1994

A man who stole $250 worth of shorts Wednesday afternoon from the American Eagle store in Marley Station Mall punched a store employee who tried to catch him, went back to the store to tell other employees what he had done and escaped a few steps ahead of security guards.

Dennis William Stiegler, 18, was tailing the suspect when the man turned around and punched him in the head, said Jennifer C. Hall, 22, the manager of the store.

Ms. Hall told Anne Arundel County police that she had seen the man put the shorts in a shopping bag shortly before 3 p.m. and leave the store without paying for them. She called security and started follow the man herself when she noticed Mr. Stiegler in the mall. Pointing to the man, she shouted to Mr. Stiegler that the suspect had just stolen some clothing from the store.

Mr. Stiegler also began to follow the man, who turned around, punched Mr. Stiegler, returned to the store and told Sarah Whitemarsh, another store employee, he had just punched Mr. Stiegler. The man left again with mall security guards chasing him, but they could not catch him before he got to the parking lot and fled in a white, two-door car that was last seen traveling south on Ritchie Highway.

The suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds or more. He was in his late 20s or early 30s, had close cut hair and several days' growth of beard. He was last seen wearing a gold and white, nylon Starter-type jacket with the Pittsburgh Penguins logo on it, black shorts, white Air Jordan tennis shoes with black trim and black socks. He also was carrying a black Bravo Express pager, police said.

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