Police: Man steals $700 worth of alcohol

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police arrested a man after he put nearly $700 worth of alcohol into his cart at a Fort Wayne Kroger and walked out the door.

According to an affidavit for probable cause, Wiley Lymon, Jr., 54, walked into the store around 8 p.m. on April 22 and put several 24-packs of beer, two Patron bottles, two Jose Cuervo bottles, two 1800 bottles, two Hennessy bottles, two Courvosier bottles, four Ciroc bottles, two Grey Goose bottles, and three Crown Royal bottles into his shopping cart. Police said Lymon walked out of the store with the cart full of alcohol without trying to pay.

A uniformed Allen County Sheriff’s Department officer who was working at Kroger saw Lymon walk out and yelled at him to stop.

Police said Lymon started to run but the officer was able to take him down in the store’s parking lot.

Lymon told the officer he couldn’t breathe so the officer brought him to his feet. Police said Lymon then began to resist the officer and ripped his radio off. He also allegedly hit the officer in the crotch.

Two witnesses were able to help the officer get Lymon in handcuffs.

According to the probable cause, Lymon was banned from all Kroger stores in August of 2011 after being charged with theft and resisting law enforcement.

Police said Lymon also had an active warrant out for his arrest for a probation violation.

Lymon is facing the following charges:

  • Theft, a class D felony
  • Resisting law enforcement, a class D felony
  • Resisting law enforcement, a class A misdemeanor
  • Criminal trespass, a class D felony

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