Freddie Wayne Leuenberger (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)
The security camera at Kohl's captured this picture of the wanted shoplifter. (Photo source: D'Iberville Police Dept.)
D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) -
D'Iberville Police believe they've captured the man who shoplifted from a Kohl's Department Store, then drew a knife on a store clerk as he made his getaway.
Freddie Wayne Leuenberger, 32, of Biloxi is being held under a $50,000 bond for allegedly stealing a $56 pair of running shoes.
Police Chief Wayne Payne said media reports and tips from the public helped them nab their suspect Thursday near exit 50 in Jackson County.
Leuenberger was found to be driving a gold colored Mercury Mystique at the time of the arrest. That matches the description of the car spotted leaving the scene of the crime.
Investigators said a Kohl's employee first became suspicious of the man while he was still inside the store. When he tried to exit the store without paying for his items, the employee tried to stop him. That's when the man pulled out a knife and threatened all the nearby employees.
Now police believe they have that man in custody.
D'Iberville Police investigators were assisted in Thursday's arrest by Jackson County Sheriff's deputies and the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force.