PSP: Shrewsbury Walmart shoplifter pulls knife after being chased
An accused would-be shoplifter elevated his crime to robbery when he pulled a knife on Walmart employees trying to stop him, according to police allegations.
Brandon Gallen Floyd got away before state troopers arrived, according to charging documents — but not before dropping his cellphone at the scene and leaving fingerprints behind, state police said.
Floyd, 30, of the 9100 block of Thistledown Road in Owings Mills, Maryland, is now a wanted fugitive.
Police have obtained an arrest warrant for him, according to charging documents.
Once he's captured he will be charged with robbery, attempted retail theft and two counts of simple assault, court records state.
According to charging documents, troopers were called to the Walmart in Shrewsbury Township about 3:10 a.m. May 8 for a reported robbery.
The suspect had fled before troopers arrived, but documents indicate he left behind enough forensic evidence for investigators to positively identify him.
The allegations: State police allege Floyd filled a shopping cart with merchandise then tried to leave Walmart through a rear door without paying. But he set off an alarm when he opened the door, police said.
Walmart employees chased Floyd "throughout the store and he attempted to exit with the items through numerous emergency exit doors," charging documents state.
Floyd then abandoned the cart and tried again to flee the store, police said.
"When confronted by (two) employees the suspect brandished a knife and told the employees not to come any closer," documents state.
Floyd then left Walmart and fled the area in a black sedan, according to police.
Left behind: Merchandise in the cart he left behind included two Smart Boards, a queen-size air bed, two 43-inch televisions, Remington electric clippers and a portable power bank, documents allege. The items are worth about $1,100, according to police.
Troopers were able to lift seven of Floyd's fingerprints from an exit door, the air-bed box, a hoverboard box and a package of batteries, documents state.
A national fingerprint database identified the prints as belonging to Floyd, police said.
Troopers then reviewed Walmart surveillance video and confirmed the shoplifter-turned-robber matched Floyd's description, according to charging documents.
Anyone with information on Floyd's whereabouts can call state police in York at 717-428-1011.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.