Money stolen from Walmart employee

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By Chris Sardelli

A stolen money bag and an extended police chase ended with the arrest of a Lancaster man earlier this month. 

Tyquan Santerio Wright, 20, 1210 Chesterfield Ave., was arrested Sept. 10 on charges of strong arm robbery, shoplifting and resisting arrest, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report. 

The arrest came after officers responded Sept. 10 to a larceny call at Walmart, located at 805 S.C. 9 Bypass. 

A 911 dispatcher advised officers that a man had stolen money from an employee and was running through the parking lot holding a money bag, the report said. The dispatcher also said that several employees and a customer were chasing after the man. 

When officers arrived, employees said the man was running toward North Elementary School. 

As an officer searched the area near the school, he saw the man run from a building next to the baseball field, the report said. 

The man stopped and looked at the officer, but then ran toward the rear parking lot of Kmart and tried to reach another patch of woods. 

The officer returned to his patrol car and caught up with Wright, though Wright then ran into the patrol car as he tried to change direction, the report said. 

The pursuing officer reported it looked as if  Wright struck the door in an attempt to jump over the back of the car, denting the car with either his hand or foot. Estimated damage was $400. 

Wright continued to run toward Kmart, so the officer once again chased after him on foot. He eventually caught up to Wright and arrested him. 

An officer later spoke with a Walmart employee who said she was taking a bag filled with $180 to a register when the man slapped the bag out of her hand and ran away with it. 

The man then left through a nearby exit, ran toward Tire and Lube Express and then tossed the bag, the report said. 

After Wright was arrested, officers found two sticks of beef jerky in his rear pants pocket, which they later determined were shoplifted from Walmart, the report said. 

A customer recovered the money bag, with the full $180 inside, in the store parking lot and returned it to Walmart. 


 Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416