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Chesterton Police Department and Town Hall

CHESTERTON — A man armed with a large red gift bag made off with thousands of dollars of over-the-counter heartburn, diarrhea and allergy medications from a Jewel-Osco store, police said.

The man entered the store at 747 Indian Boundary Road about 10:30 a.m. Friday with a woman and was caught on video surveillance loading up the bag with the various forms of medications from the shelves, police said.

When the bag became full, he began placing boxes of medications in his coat, police said.

He and the woman then left the store without paying for the items and took off in a dark-colored smaller SUV.

The theft was discovered after store employees noticed the bare shelves where the heartburn and allergy medications had been.

"They knew they had not sold that much, so they checked their footage and saw this theft, then promptly called police," according to the police report.

The suspect is believed to be the same man who had attempted to steal more than $600 in over-the-counter pain relief medication from the nearby CVS store minutes after the Jewel-Osco theft.

The store manager at CVS interrupted the man placing the medications in a bag, at which time the white male called the manager a racist and left the store, police said.

He was described further by police as in his late 20s, about 6 feet tall with a buzzed haircut and blond stripe on the front of his head. Police were given a license plate number traced back to a rental car agency in Des Plaines, Illinois.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.