Grocery store shoplifter arrested after police pursuit

Grocery store shoplifter arrested after police pursuit

MENTOR ON THE LAKE, OH (WOIO) - Two police departments worked together to catch a man on the move after he stole a couple hundred dollars worth of groceries.

Around 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, Mentor Police advised the Mentor-On-The-Lake Police Department that a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was in the parking lot of Giant Eagle.

The driver, 49-year-old Jay Grow, had taken the vehicle from his girlfriend without her consent.

Officers soon learned that Grow also had a probation warrant issued by the Mentor Municipal Court and warrants from Portage Co. for unauthorized use, drugs and failure to appear.

When Grow noticed that a patrolman was watching his movement, he continued to load the groceries into the car, jumped inside and sped off through the parking lot.

Police followed Grow out of the shopping plaza, onto Lakeway Blvd., down Munson, then onto Lakeshore Blvd. traveling westbound.

According to authorities, Mentor Police Department deployed spike strips, causing a controlled deflation of the passenger side tires.

The vehicle ultimately came to a stop on Lakeshore Blvd. just into Eastlake.

Grow was taken into custody without further incident.

Mentor-On-The-Lake received help from Mentor, Willoughby, and Eastlake Police Department.

Grow was charged with reckless operation, failure to comply with signal of a police officer, no operator's license and he was unable to provide proof of purchase for the $266.00 worth of groceries taken from Giant Eagle and he was charged with theft.

He was arraigned at the Mentor Municipal Court on Friday, February 5.

His bond on the felony charge of failure to comply with a signal of a police officer was set at $75,000 and on the misdemeanor charges bond was set at $10,000.

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