HERALD STAFF REPORT
BRADENTON -- Police say a 34-year-old Bradenton man was tackled by a convenience store clerk after he had run outside the store with an unpaid-for carton of Newport cigarettes worth $52.73.
The theft occurred at 11:35 p.m. Thursday at the 7-Eleven at 108 13th Ave. W., Bradenton, according to a Bradenton Police Department report.
Christopher S. Heindorf, who lives in the 700 block of 17th Avenue West, Bradenton, entered the 7-Eleven, chose a 12-pack of beer and set it on the counter, according to the police report.
Heindorf then asked the clerk to get him a carton of Newports.
Heindorf quickly grabbed the cigarette carton and went out the door, running south, the report states.
But the clerk, summoning a burst of speed, raced out the door and tackled Heindorf to the ground on the west side of the yard at the property, the report states.
A Manatee County Sheriff's Office deputy driving by saw the clerk wearing a red and black 7-Eleven shirt holding Heindorf down and assisted by handcuffing Heindorf until a Bradenton officer could arrive.
The clerk told police he screamed at Heindorf to stop several times before tackling him.
A crack pipe was found in Heindorf's left front pocket which tested positive for cocaine, according to the report.
Heindorf was charged with grand theft, resisting a merchant and possession of drug paraphernalia and was in the Manatee County jail Friday with no bond, according to the sheriff's office website.