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Southfield Police are searching for a man who assaulted a gas station clerk and stole merchandise from the location back in February.

The suspect, described as a black male possibly in his early 20s, allegedly punched a clerk at the Exxon Gas Station in the 20000 block of Southfield Road around 8 p.m. on Feb. 25.

The man, Deputy Police Chief Nick Loussia said, stole $17 worth of groceries. The clerk had recognized the man, described as wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes with a teal stripe across them, as someone who also stole items from the same location weeks earlier, he said.

Loussia said the reason the incident is just now being reported is because police officers thought they had the right lead to capture him without tipping him off.

“We were working some leads that we thought would lead to an arrest,” Loussia said.

The clerk, police said, was treated at the scene with minor injuries.

Anyone with information about the crime or the location of the suspect is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

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