June 12, 2014

Fairview officers nab fleet-footed shoplifter

A speedy and daring thief was able to elude security workers earlier this week when he attempted to steal from a Fairview Heights department store.

But when he returned for a second try just after noon Wednesday at the Kohl's at 6109 N. Illinois St., police were ready. They attempted to arrest the 17-year-old suspect, whose name was not released because he was a juvenile, in front of the store. But he shrugged off several officers before breaking away from them and running across the parking lot.

"He was quick," said Fairview Heights Police Department Officer James Mason. "But through a coordinated effort with officers working the streets, we were able to catch up with him."

Police would not say, specifically, what the suspect was accused of taking. They said he is not a person who they've had a lot of problems with in the past and that the case was likely a crime of opportunity.

Mason said the juvenile lives in an apartment building near the Kohl's shopping center and was trying to get to his home when officers were able to catch up with the suspect.

No one was hurt apprehending the elusive suspect. But Mason said some of the officers in the foot pursuit had sore legs following the chase.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or call 239-2626.

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