MINNEAPOLIS – On December 22, a 5th Precinct Minneapolis police officer was working a plain clothes detail in the area of Uptown. The officer was going in and out of stores talking to managers and store owners about what they were seeing and if they had any questions or concerns that the police department could assist with.
While in the Northface store, he observed a male party looking at the jackets. The fact that the male party was moving around the display as people walked by and seemed more concerned about people seeing him, rather than shopping; the officer found this suspicious.
As the officer was talking with staff, he heard punding footstep and looked up to see the same male running towards the door with an armload of clothing. The alarm sounded as the male went out the door with several items with the security tags on them.
The officer gave pursuit and when he got out the door, he saw the suspect pedaling hard and fast on a bicycle is an attempt to flee the scene. The officer identified himself as a police officer and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect continued to pedal for all he was worth.
The officer gave foot pursuit and was able to catch the suspect halfway down the block. The officer grabbed a hold of the backpack that was worn by the suspect and pulled him back, making sure he did not injure the suspect. He got him onto the ground and got him handcuffed.
The officer recovered $1,395.00 in Northface stolen merchandise.