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Off-duty officer helps arrest robber at superstore

Emil Whitis • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Lucas Reed, 30, was charged with theft, inducing panic, carrying concealed weapons, having weapons, having weapons under disability and drug abuse.

A highly-intoxicated man, identified as Reed, approached a cash register aisle at about 5:30 a.m. in Walmart. As he walked by a cashier noticed a bulge in his coat and asked what he was hiding.

Off-duty Mercy Lorain Hospital police Officer Chad Cantu, 43, overheard the conversation as he waited in line nearby.

“I heard a clerk asking what he had in his pockets so I walked over,” Cantu said. “Two packs of cigarettes fell from under his arm.”

Cantu identified himself as a police officer, flashed his pistol and patted the man down.

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