Woman accused of hit-and-run, stealing liquor from Publix in Lee County

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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The search is on for a thief who is accused of stealing a bottle of liquor, hitting a grocery worker with their car and then driving off.

Saturday, Lee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a hit-and-run at the Publix at 19100 S Tamiami Trail, where investigators say a woman was caught taking a bottle of liquor from the grocery store.

When the store employee confronted the suspect outside, the suspect is accused of backing out of a parking space in an SUV, hitting that employee and leaving the scene.

The suspect vehicle is a red Ford Expedition with a Michigan license plate.

A man who lives nearby thinks the worker was brave for confronting the suspect.

“I applaud the cashier for stopping them and saying something,” Thomas Matter said. “We shouldn’t live in a world where people can just walk into businesses and just take whatever they want.”

We did not know the status of the Publix employee Thursday.

Anyone with information can call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers to leave an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-780-8477 or by visiting the website.

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