North Augusta police search for car theft suspect

Police in North Augusta are searching for a man connected to two stolen cars and a shoplifting incident Thursday.

An employee at Advance Auto Parts, 715 E. Martintown Road reported that a man left the store with a pair of pliers partially concealed in his front pants pocket. He called police at 12:41 p.m. after trying to stop the man, who ran to a gold 1992 Buick and fled west on Martintown Road, according to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report.

At 12:43 p.m., police responded to another call at Walmart, 1201 Knox Ave.

A 71-year-old Beech Island man left the store to find that his brown 1982 Chevrolet pickup truck was missing.

An officer found broken glass on the ground from the driver’s side window. A gold Buick was parked next to the missing Chevy’s spot.

After officers ran the tag, they found that the gold Buick was owned by a Thomson couple, who reported it stolen from Georgia Health Sciences University earlier Thursday. A surveillance video showed a black man who appeared to be in his 40s entering the lot, abandoning the Buick, and leaving in the pickup.

No suspects were named.

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