Good Samaritan's van stolen after helping shoplifter in wreck

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

The search continues for a shoplifting suspect who police say carjacked a man who tried to help him after a crash
 
Police said the short crime spree ended at a downed light pole and some very scary moments for a man just trying to help.
 
Dunwoody police said the thief went on a small crime spree Monday, first shoplifting from the Walmart on Ashford-Dunwoody Road.
 
"A male subject had left the building in a white dodge challenger.  As officers responded, they noticed the car at Perimeter Center North," said Officer Tim Fecht with the Dunwoody Police Department.
 
Fecht said officers tried to pull the man over, but he took off with officers not far behind.
 
“At that time the supervisor said to terminate any pursuit.  Just moments later, we got a call about an accident with injuries at ADW and Hammond Drive," Fecht said.
 
Police said the suspect blew a red light, clipped a car and then crashed into a light pole at Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive, badly damaging his rental car.
 
When a good Samaritan stopped to check on him, police said the spree continued when suspect stole the passerby's van and took off.
 
"He was a little rattled, but fortunately he didn't suffer any injuries and right now he's just missing his vehicle," Fecht said.
 
Police said the suspect drove north on Ashford-Dunwoody road in the victim's tan 2009 Dodge caravan with Georgia tag AHN 5359.
 
Investigators think the man may have driven into Sandy Springs or Roswell with that stolen van.