Information sought on shoplifting, assault suspect
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
May 06, 2014 | 1543 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
POLICE ARE SEARCHING for the identity of this man who reportedly assaulted a loss-prevention officer at a local store.
POLICE ARE SEARCHING for the identity of this man who reportedly assaulted a loss-prevention officer at a local store.
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Cleveland police are trying to identify a man who reportedly attempted to shoplift items from Walmart, then assaulted a Walmart employee who was attempting to detain him.

The incident occurred on April 27, according to Detective Bill Parks of the Cleveland Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

Parks said an investigation has revealed the suspect attempted to conceal goods and leave the store without paying. The items were valued at $120.

After the suspect left the store, a loss-prevention officer approached him; at that point the suspect reportedly began shoving and punching the officer. The suspect then reportedly ran to his vehicle and left the property.

According to Parks, the suspect was possibly driving a 2000 Nissan 370Z.

Anyone having information regarding the incident or an identity of the suspect is asked to contact Parks at 559-3321.

Parks effected an arrest late last week after the Banner published a report about a purse which had been taken from a car parked near the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.

Dylan Traffanstedt, 18, was charged with vehicle burglary, theft under $500 and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, according to Parks.

The victim reportedly was walking on the Greenway. While she was away from her car, Traffanstedt allegedly broke in and took her purse containing the cards.

The Banner published a photo of the suspects believed to be involved.

According to Parks, his investigation led to Traffanstedt’s arrest.

Cleveland Police officers Anthony Cochran, Patrick Googer and Jennifer McGuire made the arrest after Parks issued warrants for Traffanstedt’s arrest.

He was transported to the Bradley County Jail and was being held under $6,500 bond.