CARLSBAD–An armed man walked into a Sears department store Friday and stole a cellular phone from its display, authorities say.
Just after 5:30 p.m., the Carlsbad Police Department was called to Sears located at 2561 El Camino Real regarding a person with a weapon. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation into the person with a weapon.
The investigation revealed that a white male adult, 40 to 50 years old, wearing a blue collared shirt and grey shorts entered the Sears department store and stole a cellular phone from the display case. The suspect was confronted both inside and outside the store by employees. While outside the store the suspect presented a knife to prevent employees from retrieving their property. The suspect fled into a brush area located between the store and Highway 78.
San Diego Sheriff’s Department helicopter ASTREA, San Diego Sheriff Deputies, and an Oceanside Police Department K-9 unit, officers searched the area but were unsuccessful in locating the suspect.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.