Man Accused of Shoplifting $1,000 in Makeup

Police arrested a man last week who they said was caught cleaning out the cosmetics aisle in a local grocery store. Then, he reportedly made a run for it.

were called to a local grocery store last week for a report of a man shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of Loreal, Revlon, Maybeline, Redkin and Covergirl cosmetics before sprinting from the store and into a getaway car. 

Andino Medina III, 36, of the 8100 block of South Scottsdale Avenue in Chicago, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. May 3. Employees at Jewel-Osco, 17117 S. Harlem Ave., , said they saw Medina filling two bags with items in the cosmetics aisle. Included on the list of 113 stolen products were 26 eyeliner pencils, 62 Loreal cosmetics of various types and a pair of sunglasses.

"(A witness) advised that the suspect walked towards the north doors past the security towers and the last point of purchase without paying for the merchandise," the report said. "The suspect looked back at (a security staff member) and realizing he was calling the police, dropped the bags prior to exiting the doors …"

The security employee chased Medina toward 171st Street, the report said, but he got into a vehicle near Oak Park Avenue. Police quickly tracked the 2006 Jeep that acted as a getaway car for Medina. The driver was stopped near the 16700 block of Oak Park Avenue.

"I observed a female driver and a male subject sitting in the back seat of the vehicle (later identified as Medina)," an officer wrote in the report. " … Medina was sweating heavily and matched the description of the subject." 

The driver insisted she didn't know Medina entered the store with the intent to steal. Although he admitted to being at Jewel, Medina also denied the theft. But employees at the store positively identified him as the culprit, the report said. 

The total pricetag of the stolen items was $1,058.71, according to the report. He was charged with one count of felony retail theft. 

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