By Jim Hannah
Enquirer staff writer
FORT WRIGHT - Police have launched a multi-state manhunt for a North Carolina man wanted on charges of injuring two Wal-Mart employees during a robbery at the new Supercenter off Ky. 17.
Detectives are looking for Boddy Christopher Privette, 31, of Ronda, N.C. He faces charges of robbery, assault and wanton endangerment after the 2:15 p.m. Wednesday robbery.
Fort Wright Police Chief Dan Kreinest said Privette first returned some DVD players for about $1,000 before going to the electronics department where he cut open a TV box and walked out of the store with the merchandise.
After being confronted about not paying for the TV, police say, Privette drove away in a white Acura Legend with manager Ken Varda and a security guard holding onto the car. Varda is recovering at home after being treated at University Hospital. The name and condition of the security guard were not available.
The incident was captured on the store's security cameras, and police have released some pictures. They hope someone will recognize Privette or the car he was driving.
Privette was last seen Thursday afternoon, in Shelbyville, 32 miles east of Louisville. Police say he showed up at the county courthouse there and used his $1,000 refund to pay fines. Shelby County officials didn't know Privette was wanted in Northern Kentucky.
Kreinest believe Privette may be on his way home to North Carolina. He is described as white, 5-foot-11, 211 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.
The car is described as a white four-door Acura with a damaged driver's side headlight and turn signal. The license plate number is SHJ-4770.
It is registered to Melissa Dawn Privette of Roaring River, N.C. Anyone with information is asked to call Fort Wright police at (859) 331-2191, Kenton county emergency dispatch at (859) 356-3191, or Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.
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