12/03/2016 17:28 EST | Updated 12/04/2017 00:12 EST

Calgary-area mall cop assaulted in attempted theft

A loss prevention officer was assaulted in an attempted theft from a Calgary-area shopping centre Friday evening, police said in release.

Airdrie Rural RCMP responded to the CrossIron Mills mall north of Calgary at about 6:30 p.m.

A man has allegedly tried to steal about $500 worth of merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue and when confronted by a security officer, the suspect ditched the goods and assaulted the officer, who received minor injuries.

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The suspect is described as six-foot-two-inches tall, possibly bald with a dark-coloured goatee. He was wearing a Helly Hansen jacket that was white and blue in colour and a blue Puma baseball cap.

If you witnessed the incident or the suspect sounds familiar, police ask that you contact Airdrie RCMP 1-403-945-7200 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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