A Los Angeles man is being sought in a shoplifting episode that escalated into a robbery at a Ralphs supermarket in Hermosa Beach.
Brandon Lincoln Woodard, 28, is suspected of stealing several bottles of wine from the market at Aviation Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway on Sept. 30, then leading a chase into Redondo Beach, police said.
Police said a loss prevention officer tried to stop Woodard, who struggled with him, turning the crime into a robbery.
Woodard escaped in a car that allegedly sideswiped another vehicle. He then struck a Redondo Beach city electrician's truck in the 2200 block of Speyer Lane, police said.
He abandoned the car in the 2100 block of 182nd Street, asked a business owner to borrow some boxes, put the wine inside, hailed a cab and escaped.
Anyone with information about Woodard's whereabouts is asked to call Detective Mick Gaglia at 310-318-0348.