Salem Man Who Bolted from Salem IGA After Being Detained For Alleged Retail Theft Is Caught
Salem Police Were Able to Take Austin Arnold Into Custody Wednesday with the Help of His Parole Officer
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Austin Arnold

A 21-year-old Salem man who allegedly knocked an employee of Salem IGA to the ground when they were attempting to hold him last Saturday for retail theft has been located and arrested.

Salem Police took Austin Arnold of South Hamilton into custody for felony retail theft, battery and driving on a revoked license after he was located at his home on Wednesday. The retail theft was a felony because of a past conviction.

Police reports indicated Arnold was asked for a receipt for purchase of an item an IGA employee allegedly saw him place into his pocket as he left the store. When told he needed to come to the office to wait for police, he allegedly pushed one of the employees and knocked him to the ground. Arnold then allegedly ran to his car and fled the store.

Since one of the employees knew Arnold, police went to his home where they found the car parked outside. A resident of the home said Arnold had dropped the keys and ran out the back door.

Police could not locate him that night, but Arnold was taken into custody on Wednesday after being notified by Arnold's parole officer that he was now at the residence.

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