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Theft of chicken leads to foot pursuit into canal

(February 6, 2024)-- (February 6, 2024) -- On Monday, February 5, 2024, around 3 p.m., Cape Coral Police officers responded to the 900 block of SW 36th Terrace, Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida in reference to a retail theft with a male fleeing on foot.

The loss prevention officer for the Walmart Neighborhood Market said a male was taking items from the store without paying. Employees saw the male take hot food items and leave the store through the deli exit, passing all points of sale without trying to pay. Employees tried to stop the male subject, but he ignored them and proceeded to a bush in the parking lot where he was observed hiding other items he had taken.

Officers initially made contact with the male, later identified as Tyreak Shaquier Thornton (DOB 02/13/1996), as he was fleeing the store. Officers stated Mr. Thornton was eating chicken from a food tray. Mr. Thornton saw officers and started to run. They immediately initiated a foot pursuit.

Officers advised Mr. Thornton had jumped into a canal and was swimming northbound. He was seen trying to exit the canal and officers quickly drove to the area where he was observed exiting. Mr. Thornton started walking through backyards behind residences. He saw officers get out of their patrol car and began running again. Officers once again pursued Mr. Thornton on foot and chased him through a back yard and over a fence before circling back around to the street. The male saw that officers were still in pursuit and stopped to give himself up.

All items removed from the store by Mr. Thornton were recovered in the bush that he was observed to be hiding them in. The total value of items taken was $98.38. The investigation also revealed that Mr. Thornton had an outstanding original felony warrant out of Lee County for Felony Failure to Appear Burglary of a Conveyance & Petit Theft.

Mr. Thornton was arrested and charged with the following:

--1 count in violation of F.S.S. 812.014(2e), Petit theft more than $100 less than $750, a Misdemeanor in the 1st Degree. 

--1 count in violation of F.S.S. 843.02 Resisting officer without violence to his or her person, a Misdemeanor in the 1st Degree. 



Arrested: Tyreak Shaquier Thornton (DOB 02/13/1996, 4963 Viceroy St. Unit # 8)