CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities are searching for three women who took more than $1,000 in merchandise from Marshall's at Southridge and assaulted a manager who tried to stop them.
The incident was reported Sunday evening when a manager said three females took several designer coats and purses with an estimated value of $1,000 into a restroom, said Patrolman T.A. Bailes of the South Charleston Police Department.
Bailes relayed a report of the scenario as follows.
As the women exited the restroom, the manger told them not to take merchandise into the bathroom. The women ignored her and continued to roam the store. Meanwhile, the manager went to the front of the store so she could stop them if they did not go through the checkout.
The first of the three women stood in a foyer as the other two attempted to leave the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise. The first woman is described as a black female with light hair and was wearing a referee jacket along with a dark jacket and dark pants.
The other two suspects were also black females. One wore a black and gray striped shirt with gray pants and black boots. The third wore a purple hooded sweatshirt and jeans.
As the manager asked for a receipt and grabbed the shopping cart, one of the women hit her in the face and neck, leaving lacerations on her neck.
The manager fell to the ground while grasping the shopping cart and the cart then fell on top of her. One of the shoplifters tried to jerk the cart away and kicked the manager in the face with her left foot. As her head was jerked backward, she let go of the cart.
All three females left the store with the merchandise.
The case is under investigation by Bailes with assistance from the South Charleston Police Department Detective Bureau.
Anyone with information may call the tip line at 304-744-6521 or South Charleston Police Department at 304-744-6903.