The assistant manager of an Oak Lawn grocery store was unsuccessful Oct. 1 in his attempt to stop a thief in the parking lot of the store, police said.
The offender placed $56 worth of meat into a cart at Jewel-Osco, 8801 S. Ridgeland Ave., and walked along the back of the store before leaving without paying for the merchandise at 5:10 p.m., police said.
The assistant manager chased the offender into the parking lot and struggled with him until the assistant manager was shoved to the ground, police said. The man wore a grey shirt, black pants and had a tattoo on his neck, according to reports.
The assistant manager was not injured and the merchandise was recovered. Another employee told police he recognized the man from high school and could identify him.