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Man Accused of Battery After Trying to Evade a Loss Prevention Officer, Police Say

Cops nabbed a local man last week who they said put up a fight after stealing from a hardware store.

arrested a man last week who tried to make off with a drill bit from Menard's and then ran from a store security guard, according to the report.

Vincent T. Loaicono, 19, of the 5600 block of West 171st Street in , was arrested around 12:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with battery and retail theft. Police said Loaicono was spotted removing a drill bit from its packaging and hiding it in his sleeve. He then accompanied a friend who was buying something from the store and left without paying for the tool, the report said.

When stopped by a loss prevention officer, Loaicono reportedly handed over the merchandise but refused to join her in the security office.

"(The loss prevention officer) then placed her hand on Vincent's arm to stop his leaving," the report said. "Vincent shoved (her) back and started to run and (she) wrapped her arms around Vincent to stop him again. (He) grabbed her arms that were around his abdomen and separated them, slipping out of his hoodie to break away from her restraint."

The woman chased Loaicono until he eventually stopped and returned to the store with her, according to the report. showed up to arrest him. He later posted his $1,500 bail and was released.

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