SHELTON, CT - A convenience store clerk was critically injured on the job while trying to stop the theft of two David Hasselhoff signs. No, I’m not kidding.
The 36-year-old clerk, who works at a Cumberland Farms store, has not been identified. Police say at around 1:15 a.m., he saw a black SUV pull up and its occupants get out and begin to cut down the Hasselhoff signs from a light pole.
When he approached the vehicle to get the signs back, he somehow got hooked to the thief’s SUV as it drove away. Cue the Knight Rider theme.
Shelton Police Lt. Bob Kozlowsky told reporters that, “He ended up flipping backwards, falling on his head.” The clerk was reportedly in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital, sources said.
Shelton Police are reviewing surveillance footage from a security camera at the River Road store to try and identify the suspects.
The clerk was trying to get back two display signs from the people in the SUV, according to police. The signs advertise Farmhouse Blend iced coffee, making the theft even more questionable.
“I wouldn’t put my life on the line for David Hasselhoff cutouts,” said East Haven resident Bert Ferriaolo. “I didn’t like him that much when he was an actor, never mind a cutout.” Wise man.
Shelton resident Bobbi Smith added, “I’m shocked, I’m so surprised. This is usually a very safe area. I feel terrible for the man.”
Police say they took statements from witnesses who were there when the theft occurred, stating two men and a woman were in the SUV, but police are looking for any help they can get in identifying the suspects or locate the vehicle.
“If anyone else saw anything, what we have right now is a black SUV leaving the scene,” said Kozlowsky. “It was heading toward the Stratford town line.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the detective bureau at (203) 924-1544.
The Hasselhoff display sign theft isn’t the first, either, no matter how much you may be shaking your head. According to CBS News, about 550 of the giant cutouts have been stolen in the Northeast since the “Iced Hoffee” ad campaign began.
“It’s insanity. Over a David Hasselhoff sign? I guess people are still crazy over Knight Rider stuff,” said a disgusted Marisol Santiago.
“He has a son. His mom works here. His girlfriend works here,” said Tammy Heuser, a regular patron of the store. “I know the family well. I’m even more upset.”Tags: Connecticutt, Crime, Daivd Hasselhoff, Farmhouse Blend, Theft