An employee at the Save Mart in downtown Modesto was stabbed Thursday afternoon when he caught two people trying to steal $100 worth of groceries, police said.
The employee suffered a stab wound to his right biceps, said Modesto police Sgt. Brian Findlen. The employee was treated for minor injuries by medics at the scene but declined to be taken to a hospital for further treatment.
The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. at the Save Mart in the 1800 block of H Street. The employee spotted the suspects trying to steal groceries. The suspects stabbed the employee as they left the groceries and fled.
Officers searched but did not find the suspects.
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Police described the first suspect as a white man, 20 to 25 years old, with short, light-brown hair, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds. The second suspect is described as a white woman in her 20s with blond hair in a ponytail, black tank top, green capri pants, 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing about 110 pounds.
Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.