A Hanover police officer was hospitalized after being dragged by a car allegedly carrying a shoplifter and an accomplice who made off with about $2,000 worth of video games at the Hanover Mall on Tuesday night.
Police officer Deborah Burns and a Sears security guard chased an unidentified female in the mall parking lot at around 8:30 p.m. after the theft from Sears, police Lieutenant Greg Nihan said. The woman got into a getaway car driven by a male, he said.
Burns then jumped into the passenger side of the vehicle, Nihan said, while the security guard attempted to assist her as the car moved away at an undetermined speed. The female suspect kicked the guard in the face, and Burns was thrown from the car, according to Nihan.
Burns sustained head and facial injuries, Nihan said. He added that the guard, who was not identified, was not seriously hurt.
A spokeswoman for South Shore Hospital in Weymouth said Burns was listed in good condition Wednesday evening.
Nihan said the department posted a surveillance photo of the woman -- who wore a white Patriots pull-over -- on the website Mass Most Wanted. He said the woman and the driver, who wore glasses and had a mustache, escaped in a gray or silver Pontiac four-door sedan. Police could not determine the vehicle's registration.
Nihan said police are pursuing several leads. "We're feeling kind of passionate about this one because one of our own got banged up pretty bad," Nihan said.
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