Man arrested for shoplifting after leading city police on a foot chase

Posted: May 22, 2013

The Winchester Star

Jose Olguin-Arellano

WINCHESTER — A city man who was arrested five days ago in a vandalism case led officers on a foot pursuit Tuesday morning after allegedly stealing alcohol from a local store.

Jose Olguin-Arellano, 18, is charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest and underage possession of alcohol. He is being held without bond at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Lauren Cummings said police were called just after 10 a.m. about the shoplifting at 7-Eleven — located at 7 E. Gerrard St.

The suspect fled the scene before the officers arrived, but employees at the store were able to provide a description.

Police spotted Olguin-Arellano at the intersection of Kent and Pall Mall streets, and ended up in a foot pursuit with him. He was arrested at the intersection of Pall Mall and Hollingsworth streets.

Cummings said that he stole alcohol from the convenience store, but did not identify what type.

Olguin-Arellano was arrested last week following an incident at Merchant Tire and Auto at 2200 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Graffiti had been spray-painted at a construction site at the business and the windows were broken on four garage bay doors.

Officers were able to identify the alleged perpetrators (including Olguin-Arellano) because they had paint on their hands that matched the color of the paint on the business, according to an earlier media release.

Olguin-Arellano was charged with felony destruction of property in the case. He also is a suspect in an incident involving the theft of a mower from a trailer on the same day and faces a petty larceny charge in that case.

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