Police: Wal-mart thief hits officer, escapes

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 10, 2011

By Shelley Smith
The Salisbury Police Department is looking for a Thomasville woman on charges of assault and larceny after police say she took clothing from Walmart, assaulted a security officer, nearly ran over another officer with her car, then fled from police down Interstate 85.
Police were called to Walmart about 6 p.m. Friday for a shoplifting report and found two women and a man running through the parking lot. Police say one of the women, identified as Kristin Hulin, hit store security guard Richard Tester several times before she got away and headed toward a white Infiniti.
Tester held the other woman while police were on the way, but the Infinity pulled up with a man driving and nearly hit Tester. The woman Tester was holding broke free and got into the car.
Police pulled up beside the car at a stoplight, and told the people inside to pull over. Police said the man drove away at high speed and got onto I-85.
Because of rainy conditions and traffic, police decided not to pursue. The license plate led investigators to Hulin and warrants for her arrest were issued.
The man driving will face charges when police learn his identity.
Police learned that children’s and adult clothing were taken from the store. The thieves hid the goods under their clothing.

Contact reporter Shelley Smith at 704-797-4246.