Posted on December 5, 2022

Family Mourns 83-Year-Old Man Killed After Being Shoved by Thief at Home Depot

Leslie Moreno, WRAL, December 2, 2022

A Home Depot employee who was in the hospital for weeks after being shoved down by a man stealing merchandise has died from his injuries.

Hillsborough police said Gary Rasor died on Thursday after being assaulted by a man on Oct. 18 at the Hillsborough Home Depot where Gary Rasor was an employee; He was 82 years old at the time of the crime, but celebrated a birthday before his death.

Gary Rasor was a favorite among customers at the Home Depot, where most knew him as ‘Mr. Gary.’


Surveillance footage shows the thief walking past Gary and pushing him down on his way out the door of the garden center with stolen merchandise on his cart.

His son said the footage is disturbing.

“This is 100% planned and to include violence for a couple of power washers. It’s almost beyond comprehension,” Jeff Rasor. {snip}

Gary Rasor was left with several fractured bones and spent weeks in the hospital. He was never able to walk again.


The man’s death has rejuvenated an effort by Hillsborough police to find the suspect, a man seen on camera stealing several pressure washers. Police are now investigating the case as a homicide.