CHICAGO (CBS) — Cleanup in Aisle 5 had a whole new meaning at a northwest Indiana grocery on Friday, when a group of shoppers caught and held a robbery suspect until police arrived to arrest him.
Police were called to the Aldi Foods at 2906 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso about 7:20 p.m. about a robbery in progress, according to Valparaiso police.READ MORE: Small Plane Lands On I-355 At 159th Street In Lockport; Pilot, 3 Passengers Suffer Minor Injuries
While en route, officers were told that customers in the store had “caught and were restraining a male subject,” police said.
They arrived to find “five or six individuals holding a male subject on the floor. Officers immediately handcuffed the subject,” police said.
Witnesses said the masked man approached a cashier and demanded money, according to police. He inferred he had a weapon in his pocket but did not show one.READ MORE: Pritzker: Capacity Limits Go To 60% At Ballparks During 'Bridge Phase' Starting Friday, Six Flags Offers 50,000 Free Tickets To Vaccinated Visitors
The cashier gave him an unknown amount of cash, but as he turned to run out, he was “immediately physically restrained by one customer. Additional customers assisted and held the subject on the floor,” police said.
Those restraining the man included a cardiologist and the owner of a local restaurant, witnesses said on Facebook.
Thomas Powell, 36, of Hebron, Indiana, was arrested and charged with robber, police said. All the money was recovered.MORE NEWS: Nearly 18,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
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