Kennewick police say a man stole stereo equipment from the Walmart on South Quillan Street on Friday night, and they want the public's help to find him.
The incident happened about 7:20 p.m.
Officers arrived as the man was driving away in a pickup truck. He nearly hit a patrol car and jumped a curb in the process, a police news release said.
The man drove toward the Canyon Lakes Golf Course and ditched the truck, running away on foot, the release said.
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Anyone with information is asked to call police at 628-0333. Confidential tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 586-TIPS (8477), 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.