Butler mall guard dragged after chasing Easter display thieves, state police say

A Butler mall security guard was dragged by a vehicle while attempting to stop the theft of Easter decorations Wednesday.

State police responded to Clearview Mall around 3:45 p.m. for a report of a three-foot foam carrot and piñata stolen from the Easter display, according to a report. A mall security guard told them he chased the suspects into the parking lot outside of Texas Roadhouse, where they got into a red Chevrolet pickup truck.

The security guard tried to stop them by opening a truck door and was dragged for about a quarter of a mile at about 35 mph, according to state police.

“Luckily, he is OK and has no injuries,” Clearview General Manager Mandy DeSantis told Channel 11.

On Monday, state police said they located the decorations at a home in Chicora.

Colton Wiles and Garrett O’Bryan, both from Texas, admitted to authorities that they took the items from the mall, according to state police. Neither were taken into custody, but police said that criminal charges will be filed at a later time.

The decorations were returned to the mall undamaged.