An employee at Jim Whitehead Tire and Auto spotted the men loading the tires at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday from the business at 2514 Deans Bridge Road, Creech said. When the employee attempted to stop them, the driver hit the employee with the vehicle twice, he said.
Austin Bernard Elmore, 47, has been named a suspect in the case. Investigators believe Elmore was the driver of the vehicle, Creech said.
The employee did not suffer any serious injuries.