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Police Chase Shoplifting Suspect Into Nearby Restaurant

Police have arrested an alleged repeat shoplifter after he attempted to push a cart full of groceries out of Kroger. The suspect reportedly fled across the parking lot and into a nearby Chinese restaurant when he was confronted with the theft.

Monday morning about 10:13 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the area near Kroger supermarket on Commerce Avenue in reference to shoplifting.

Officers were advised that a male suspect wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, later identified as Rassaah Brooks, attempted to shoplift a shopping cart full of items from the location. The suspect was stopped before he got away with the cart full of merchandise, but he fled the scene and ran across the parking lot and through the back door of the nearby Jumbo Chinese Restaurant. Police quickly responded and covered both the rear and front doors of the restaurant.

Brooks was then spotted exiting the back door, so officers yelled for him to stop and that he was under arrest, but he ran back inside of the restaurant and slammed the door. Due to the immediate nature of the pursuit, police kicked in the back door of the location and found Brooks hiding in a closet. Brooks was then taken into custody and placed under arrest.

Police later spoke with the manager of Kroger, who stated Brooks was observed attempting to leave with a shopping cart full of merchandise that he did not pay for. The items inside the shopping cart were valued at $111.55.

The manager stated he followed Brooks outside into the parking lot and told him to return the shopping cart with the unpaid merchandise back into the store. The manager advised Brooks then stated, “Yes, sir,” but abandoned the cart and took off running toward the Chinese restaurant.

Police later reviewed security video that showed a male matching Brooks’ description leaving the store with a cart full of merchandise without paying for it at a cash register.

Brooks was placed under arrest for the incident and officers later determined that he had an additional warrant through State Court for Probation Violation. Brooks also had five prior arrests for Theft by Shoplifting within the last five years, making this incident a felony.

As a result, Brooks, age 38, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail charged with Felony Theft