Thefts of hundreds of dollars in groceries were reported stolen from two Dearborn Kroger stores within the past week, according to Dearborn police reports.
Both thefts occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
The pharmacist at the Kroger at 23303 Michigan Ave.—near Outer Drive—told the manager that she saw a man leave the store with a cart full of groceries that he did not pay for. The manager called police, who responded while the man was tossing the goods into the bed of his Ford Ranger pick-up truck.
According to the report, police officers grabbed the cart with groceries still in it, but the man was able to get away with the rest of the loot. It was not clear how much the man was able to steal.
The man was described as a 30-year-old white male, around 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, wearing a green sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a green ball cap.
Officers were able to see the license plate on the truck, but the registration came up as belonging to a man who did not match the description of the suspect. They responded to the home of the registered owner and spoke with his wife, who said she didn't know where her husband or the truck were.
Also in the afternoon of Jan. 16, an employee of the Kroger at 15255 Michigan Ave. reported that a man was pushing a cart of groceries that he had stolen from the store east on Michigan Avenue, heading toward Wyoming Street.
Officers found and approached the man, asking him to stop. He fled on foot and was pursued by an officer, who eventually caught him in a neighborhood and arrested him.
The man was identified as a 39-year-old resident of Allen Park.
In addition to $463.62 in groceries in the cart, police found a backpack with drug paraphernalia in it.
The man was arrested and charged with possession of paraphernalia, retail fraud, and resisting arrest.
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