EARLY —  Early police are seeking the public’s help in finding the suspect in a shoplifting that escalated to a robbery Tuesday afternoon at Scott’s Western Wear.

    No weapon was involved, but the 4:30 p.m. incident is considered a robbery because the suspect, a Hispanic female, pushed the store owner and just missed hitting a store employee with her vehicle as she drove away, Police Chief David Mercer said.

    Two pairs of children’s boots were taken, Mercer said.

    When officers arrived, the store’s owner and employees said the woman entered the store carrying a large brown bag. Suspicious, the owner watched as the woman took a pair of Ariate chocolate brown, size 7 boots and put them in the bag, Mercer said.

    The woman headed toward the door and pushed the owner when he tried to stop her. An employee tried to grab the boots from the car when the woman drove away, and was nearly struck. The store owner told the employee to get back and not get hurt.

    A Hispanic male was also in the car. He was described as being in his early 30s, with a burr haircut.

    It was later discovered on video that the woman had taken a second pair of children’s boots, Mercer said.

    The woman was described as a short Hispanic female with a heavy build, long dark hair and a stud nose piercing. The suspect vehicle was an older, possibly ’90s model white Cadillac with silver rims and tinted windows. The last three numbers on the license plate was 669.

    The suspect could be facing charges of robbery and assault with a motor vehicle, Mercer said.

    Anyone with information on the suspect should call the Early Police Department at (325) 646-5322 or the Brown County Crime stoppers at (325) 646-TIPS (8477).