Franklin police are working to locate the thief who averted capture on Sunday night.
Police were called to Walmart located at 3600 Mallory Lane around 6:40 p.m. regarding an in-progress theft.
According to authorities, the unidentified man, was attempting to steal tires from the retailers. Upon their arrival, the man had already loaded two tires into a waiting green Chevrolet Impala.
Officers attempted to take the man into custody, however he fled into a nearby tree line. Police said the man has a visible tattoo on the back of his neck.
Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-794-4000.