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Suspect captured in Grants Pass Sears robbery

A Wolf Creek man was arrested Tuesday on accusations he ran over a woman’s legs Saturday while fleeing a Sears parking lot with stolen tools.

Michael David Brenden, 29, faces felony counts of second-degree robbery, third-degree assault and hit-and-run following an alleged shoplifting incident that left a store manager injured, according to a news release issued by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.

At 9:09 a.m. Saturday, Brenden allegedly left the Grants Pass Sears store in the 1500 block of Northeast F Street with close to $110 worth of tools, when the store’s assistant manager chased after him, police said.

With the manager on his tail, Brenden allegedly made it to a beat-up, red, 1980 model Mitsubishi pickup, backed up the truck into her, knocked the woman to the ground and ran over her legs.

Josephine County sheriff’s deputies found Brenden Tuesday following a chase of a similar vehicle that had recently been rattle-can painted black and blue. The truck, which had been reported stolen prior to the incident, has been returned to its registered owner, according to police.

Police arrested Brenden in the 100 block of Northwest A Street, according to jail records.

Brenden was being held Tuesday in the Josephine County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Michael Brenden, 29, is suspected of running over a store employee during the alleged theft of $110 worth of Craftsman tools.
Brenden allegedly painted the truck black and blue after the Saturday's robbery at a Grants Pass Sears. Police say he also changed his appearance.{ } Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety photos.