Shoplifter Assault Store Clerk

A Smithfield store clerk was assaulted by a shoplifting suspect.  Police said it happened at 11:50am Tuesday at the Champion Outlet on Outlet Center Drive.

A 49 year-old employee reportedly saw two people placing merchandise into a duffle bag. The employee confronted one of the suspects, who shoved the employee. Both suspects  ran out the door.  While fleeing, they dropped the duffle bag containing $600 in stolen clothing items.

The clerk was not injured. No arrests have been made.