An 83-year-old Home Depot worker has died weeks after he was pushed to the ground by a thief stealing three pressure washers from a North Carolina store

Home Depot worker, 83, dies from injuries almost two months after approaching a suspected thief who shoved him to the floor as he stole three pressure washers

  • Gary Rasor, 83, was pushed to the ground by a thief at the Hillsborough, North Carolina Home Depot
  • He died weeks later and a medical examiner has ruled his death a homicide 
  • Rasor’s wife said the suspect who stole pressure washers was known to him

An 83-year-old Home Depot worker has died weeks after he was pushed to the ground by a thief stealing three pressure washers from a North Carolina store. 

Gary Rasor was shunted when he tried to confront the suspect in the Hillsborough store’s garden area on October 18. 

The alleged thief, wearing a dark hoodie, was rolling a cart full of the shoplifted power tools, CCTV footage shows. 

Rasor, who had worked at the store for nine years, approached the hooded customer and placed a gentle hand on his arm.

An 83-year-old Home Depot worker has died weeks after he was pushed to the ground by a thief stealing three pressure washers from a North Carolina store

An 83-year-old Home Depot worker has died weeks after he was pushed to the ground by a thief stealing three pressure washers from a North Carolina store 

Surveillance footage shows the suspect, who was wearing a black Calvin Klein sweatshirt and a mask, thrust a forceful arm across the older man’s shoulders, shoving him to the ground as he kept walking. 

The man falls into a potted plant and struggles to stand up, footage shows.

Rasor died on December 1 from the injuries sustained in the incident and a medical examiner ruled his death was a homicide.

His wife Yovone told CBS 17 her husband recognized the shoplifter.

Gary Rasor (pictured) was shunted when he tried to confront the suspect in the Hillsborough store's garden area on October 18

Gary Rasor (pictured) was shunted when he tried to confront the suspect in the Hillsborough store’s garden area on October 18

The unidentified victim, 82, was working the outside station booth in what appears to be the garden area at a Hillsborough Home Depot on Tuesday when he noticed a man in a dark hoodie rolling a cart full of power tools

The unidentified victim, 82, was working the outside station booth in what appears to be the garden area at a Hillsborough Home Depot on Tuesday when he noticed a man in a dark hoodie rolling a cart full of power tools

The suspect stole nearly $850 in merchandise after he threw the old man to the ground. He left the store in a Hyundai Sonata with a 'blank' temporary tag

The suspect stole nearly $850 in merchandise after he threw the old man to the ground. He left the store in a Hyundai Sonata with a ‘blank’ temporary tag

She said: ‘He knows the guy is a thief. He’s been there, he’s seen him in the store before.

‘And what he told me was that sometimes the guy will buy one or two items so he has a receipt, and then he’ll add more stuff to his cart and flash the receipt.’

A spokesman for Home Depot told Fox News: ‘We are heartbroken by the loss of our associate Gary. 

‘He was part of our team for more than 9 years. He was an amazing friend, husband, father and grandfather, always willing to help anyone.

The older hit his head on a potted plant and police said he sustained injuries. The extent of his injuries are unknown

The older hit his head on a potted plant and police said he sustained injuries. The extent of his injuries are unknown 

‘Right now, our top concern is supporting his family and our associates during this difficult time.’

The suspect rolled out what appeared to be stealing a Ryobi 1900 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, which retails for $179; a 2700 PSI Brushless Electric Pressure Washer, which retails for $419; and a 2000 PSI Electric Pressure Washer, which retails for $239. 

Police said the suspect fled the scene in a white, four-door, Hyundai Sonata with a ‘blank’ temporary tag. 

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the ‘menace to society’.

Hillsborough police said: ‘We need YOUR help in identifying this guy before somebody else gets hurt.’ 

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