North Ogden police say they missed catching an alleged knife-wielding grocery store shoplifter until he hit a nearby convenience store minutes later.
Police Det. Paul Rhoades said witnesses claimed the 38-year-old suspect pulled out a large knife when confronted just before midnight Tuesday by employees outside the Smith's Food and Drug store at 2560 N. 400 East. The employees said the man had left the store without paying for his groceries.
After threatening to kill the employees, the suspect fled on foot. Officers were beginning their investigation at the scene when they received a call that a shoplifter matching the suspect's description had just left the 7-Eleven at 416 East. 2600 North a block away from Smith's.