HOMER GLEN - Three Chicago men were arrested Tuesday after allegedly trying to walk out of a store with more than $1650 worth of food and clothing.
Will County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said deputies were called at 5:50 p.m. to Meijer, 14169 S. Bell Road, after security noticed Rushde A. Nolte, 24; Josua J. Viner, 21, and Tylis Q. Walker, 20, each walking throughout the store with a shopping cart and "acting suspicious."
The three men allegedly put items from their three carts into two carts and Viner and Walker walked out one door with the carts while Nolte went out a different door. When a security employee confronted Viner and Walker, they "pushed the cart at the employee and took off running," Hoffmeyer said.
Another employee saw Nolte get into a red Nissan, but wrote down the license plate number before it drove away.
Deputies stopped the Nissan near Bell Road and Anand Brook Drive and took the three men into custody. A 25-year-old woman who'd been driving the car was also questioned but released without charges.
Nolte, of the 6500 block of South Karlov Avenue, Viner of the 6100 block of South Karlov Avenue, and Walker, of the 3800 block of South Maplewood Avenue, were arrested on felony charges of shoplifting and booked into the Will County jail.
"The amount of stolen merchandise was over $1,650 and consisted of frozen pizzas, chicken, cheese, lunch meats, various nuts, fruit, vegetables, hamburger, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, socks, and miscellaneous other items," Hoffmeyer said.