Police: North Vernon man fled from shoplifting arrest

Skyler J. Blair. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police say a suspected shoplifter had allegedly stolen items falling from his pants when he tried to run from police Sunday night.

Officers were called to the Whitfield Drive Walmart store at about 10 p.m. last night for a reported shoplifter and as officers arrived 22-year-old Skyler J. Blair of North Vernon broke away from store security and ran away.

As an officer chased after Blair through the parking lot, items began falling from his pants. After he was arrested on preliminary charges of theft and resisting law enforcement, the items were rounded up and taken back to the store.