DOCUMENT: Bizarre, Crime

Police Hunt Goateed Woman In Kmart Larceny

Hirsute suspect, crony swiped items from S.C. store

OCTOBER 4--South Carolina cops are hunting for a woman with a goatee who, along with a female accomplice, last week stole $650 in merchandise from a Kmart.

The larceny last Wednesday night at the Columbia retailer involved two shoplifters who fled the store with 10 baseball caps and eight jackets, according to a Lexington County Sheriff’s Department report.

A Kmart worker described one of the shoplifters as “a black female” between 25-30 years old, with dreadlocks, glasses, and a goatee (which is spelled “gotee” in the report).

When a second employee encountered the duo outside the store, one woman lifted her shirt to reveal a handgun in her waistband. The worker was warned that if the fleeing pair was followed, the pursuer “would get shot.”

A witness reported that the two women left the crime scene in a white Ford Escape.

Investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying the goateed woman and her cohort. Tipsters are urged to dial Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. (3 pages)