Colorado Springs clerk knocks out man who stole 2 beers

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Police were en route to the scene of a robbery at a liquor store when a call came in changing the nature of the crime to shoplifting.

The reason? The thief had stolen just two beers, and was no longer conscious.

Colorado Springs police officers arrived to Harry’s Liquor at approximately 5 p.m. Monday, when they were told by a clerk that a suspect, Carl Greer of Colorado Springs, came into the store and stole two beers. When he witnessed the theft, the clerk said he chased Greer outside.

At that point in the time, the clerk said Greer took a swing at him. After dodging the punch, the clerk said he threw one of his own, striking Greer in the face and knocking him to the ground.

Police found Greer woozy, bleeding and lying on the ground. He was transported to a nearby hospital with injuries that police said did not appear to be serious.

Greer is expected to be treated and released.