MANATEE -- A 32-year-old man who shoplifted more than $500 worth of items from a Walmart store was arrested early Monday after a chase, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 3:30 a.m. inside the Walmart store at 8320 Lockwood Ridge Road, Fred L. Jones selected merchandise and placed it in a garbage can inside his shopping cart, then left the store without paying, according to a news release.
When a security officer confronted Jones outside, Jones said, "If you put a hand on me, I'll shoot you." Fearing for his life, the security officer let Jones go, according to the report.
The suspect fled into Sarasota County, and Sarasota sheriff's deputies began chasing him for unrelated charges.
Eventually, deputies used a "PIT maneuver" to force Jones to stop, and he was arrested.
Sarasota deputies located the stolen merchandise, valued at $513.54, and it was returned to the store.
No one was injured.
Booking information for Jones was not available, but the sheriff's office said Jones faces a charge of robbery.