A SUSPECTED shoplifter brandished a weapon when challenged by staff at a convenience store
A SUSPECTED shoplifter brandished a weapon when challenged by staff at a convenience store.
The incident happened at the Co-op in High Street, Benson, at about 7pm on Thursday last week.
A police spokeswoman said: ?The man was confronted by staff members when they suspected that he had shoplifted from the store.
?He then produced a long-handled, bladed weapon, thought to be a claw hammer or a meat cleaver, and waved it at staff members.
"He left the store, and was seen to get into a dark-coloured car. He was accompanied by a woman.?
At about 7.15pm on the same day, police received reports that a man and a woman resembling the couple were seen at Co-op in High Street, Dorchester. They left in what is thought to have been a navy blue Peugeot.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to call 101.
The man is described as white, in his early twenties, very slim, with short, messy, curly hair. He wore navy blue tracksuit bottoms and a navy jumper which was splattered with paint.
The woman was white, large and about 5ft 2in. She had dark hair and wore a blue hooded jumper, denim shorts and pink and black trainers.