Suspected shoplifter arrested

Grambling Police arrested a Ruston man Wednesday afternoon after responding to a report of a shoplifting in progress at the Dollar General Store.

Responding officers saw the store manager running on R.W.E. Jones Drive. She stated she was chasing a man wearing blue jeans and a black shirt. She said the suspect had stolen several items totaling over $50 from the store and left running.

Police reviewed surveillance footage at the store and was able to identify the suspect as Jeremy D. Hardyway, 26, of Ruston.

Grambling officers went to a Wilson Street address Hardaway was known to visit. Hardaway saw the officers arrive and allegedly attempted to flee out the back of the apartment. He was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for theft and criminal trespass at the Dollar General. He was also booked for a warrant from the Ruston Police Department for theft by shoplifting and one from Grambling PD for theft under $100.

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