Police looking for man in wheelchair accused of stealing merchandise in Chesapeake store

Posted at 10:02 AM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 17:15:08-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Police are looking for a man who is accused of stealing nearly $1,000 worth of camping equipment.

The crime happened at Ballahack Outdoor just before 2:30 p.m on August 25.

Officers said the suspect concealed the stolen items on his wheelchair.

"He came in the store, asked me about the underwear that we carry and I told him about our underwear and he proceeded to roll around and scope out the place," said manager Logan Boyle.

The suspect has been caught on surveillance looking at merchandise and sitting it on his lap, but he's accused of lifting himself out of the seat with his arms and then stuffing items underneath him.

Police said the man stole two tents and two waterproof sleeping bags that cost $921.00.

"He knew where the expensive items were and he was quick and strategic about getting them and making sure that people did not see him when he did," said Christopher Ratten, the owner of Ballahack Outdoor.

He literally rolled in here and stole from us and used a disability to aid him in theft," Boyle said.

The suspect hasn't been seen since the larceny theft happened.

Ratten added, "There's plenty of people with disabilities that don't consider themselves an exception to everyday life and I think he's abusing that. Maybe a large corporation it's not going to hurt, but a small business like us can put a dent in what we're trying to offer people."

If anyone has information about the identity of this individual they are encouraged to call, access the P3 APP or submit an on-line web-tip to the Chesapeake Crime Line.