LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man is accused of stealing DVDs then turning violent after he was confronted by a store employee.
Surveillance photos from the Best Buy on Shelbyville Road captured the Aug. 6 incident and police believe the man may be responsible for other thefts in the St. Matthews and Louisville area.
Store employees told St. Matthews police the thief tucked away $150 worth of DVDs and what could have been a shoplifting misdemeanor escalated quickly.
"The suspect was confronted by a store employee as he tried to exit the store," said St. Matthews Police Det. Dennis McDonald. "The suspect immediately resorted to physical violence, literally engaged him as a offensive lineman would with a defensive lineman and shoved him 10 to 12 feet."
This man now faces a felony robbery charge. It's a trend St. Matthews police wish would end.
"We are seeing suspects use violence or the treat of violence more and more in order to complete these thefts," said McDonald.
McDonald says stopping these types of crimes needs to be a team effort.
"These items, they've got to be sold somewhere, they've got to be sold to somebody," said McDonald.
McDonald said due to a unique partnership thieves are starting to turn away from attempting to sell stolen property at pawn shops. The owners of Fidelity Pawn on Shelbyville Road work closely with law enforcement agencies.
"Anything that comes in the store stays on a 10 day police hold, it goes through and is online for the police, so they can see everything that goes in and out of any pawn shop in Kentucky," said Fidelity Pawn co-owner Tim Holsclaw.
Employees know what to look for and what to ask for and if it seems suspicious, it gets turned away.
"Best Buy is a good example, if we something new in the box with no receipt, than we are not going to take it," said Holsclaw.
If you recognize the man in the surveillance pictures, help detectives out and give St. Matthews police a call at (502) 893-9000.