A Long Island man was tracked down with an assist by a law enforcement canine after allegedly stealing merchandise off a shelf from Home Depot, police said.
Officers from the Nassau County Police Department responded to Home Depot on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, where there was a report of a shoplifting incident that had just taken place.
Employees at Home depot said a man - later identified as Hempstead resident Victor Rodriguez - walked into the store, took various items off the shelves, and left without even attempting to pay for anything, shoving a Loss Prevention Officer out of his way as he fled.
With the assistance of a police canine, Rodriguez was tracked down shortly thereafter not far from the store, and he was taken into custody after a brief struggle with investigators.
During the arrest, Rodriguez and an officer suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Rodriguez, 46, was charged with third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. Further investigation found that he also had multiple open warrants out for his arrest. Police said he will be arraigned on the charges “when medically practical.”
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