Man injured trying to stop fleeing shoplifter

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man who tried to halt a shoplifter Wednesday afternoon was run down by the man's getaway vehicle.

Henry McStotts, 49, was shopping at an Office Depot when he noticed a man running out of the store with a computer printer, police said. McStotts joined store security in trying to grab the man, but the shoplifter jumped into the passenger side of a waiting Ford Explorer.

McStotts stood in front of the Explorer in an attempt to stop the vehicle, police said, but the Explorer ran into him. He was dragged about 175 feet in the store's parking lot.

Paramedics took McStotts to Providence Alaska Medical Center, where he was being treated for flesh wounds, bruises and scrapes. Karina Jennings, Providence spokeswoman, said McStotts was in fair condition Wednesday evening.

Police later stopped Charles Burt III, 26, whom they say drove the Explorer. Police spokesman Ron McGee said Burt has denied being at the Office Depot.

The shoplifter remained at large Wednesday evening.

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