Shoplifter whips out knife at Crown Hill QFC

SEATTLE -- Police are looking for a man who threatened a QFC employee with a knife in Crown Hill early Tuesday morning.

A clerk was stocking shelves near the automotive aisle at the Holman Road QFC when she saw a man filling a handheld basket with several items, according to Seattle police reports. She tried to converse with him, but suspected he was up to something based on some things he said.

She then watched him walk out of the store with the basket without paying for his items.

The woman confronted the man, who then brandished a six-inch blade knife and told her to stay away from him, reports say. She backed off and watched him drive away in a maroon older model Toyota Camry.

Police who responded to the area could not find the man or the vehicle

The man stole cans of transmission fluid, stain remover, motor oil and other car-related items, according to reports.

The man is described as a white man, 19 to 22 years old, 5-foot-10-inches tall, 170 pounds with sandy-colored hair. He was clean shaven and seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket and blue jeans.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident or the man to call 911.