Movie-Loving Shoplifter Flees Store With 27 DVDs, Cops Say

Chicago Ridge man charged with felony retail theft and battery after he shoved a loss prevention officer at the Oak Lawn Kmart store, police say.

A man who packed a plastic storage bin with 27 DVDs and ran out of a big box store was charged with felony retail theft, reports said.

Oak Lawn police responded to Kmart at 4101 W. 95th St. to pick up a man identified as Joe W. Pursley, 28, of Chicago Ridge, after a store loss prevention officer chased him down in the parking lot.

Pursley was spotted by security entering the store around 5:40 p.m. Sept. 21 and looking up at the ceiling toward security cameras, police said.

After removing a plastic storage bin from a shelf, police said that Pursley proceeded to the electronics department, where a loss prevention officer observed him filling the bin with DVD movies.

Pursley walked to the front of the store where he set the bin on the floor, reports said. He glanced around, picked up the bin and allegedly ran out of the store past the cash registers.

When the loss prevention officer identified himself to Pursley outside, police said he shoved the employee and ran through the parking lot.

The loss prevention officer was able to catch Pursley with the DVDs and brought him back inside the store, reports said.

Oak Lawn police reviewed store security video and saw Pursley allegedly filling the bin with stolen merchandise and running out of the store.

He was taken into custody and brought to the Oak Lawn police station. Asked he had taken the DVDs, Pursley reportedly responded, “You got me. I’d rather not say anything without my attorney.”

The Cook County assistant state’s attorney approved a charge of felony retail theft. Pursley was also charged with battery. He was held pending a bond hearing.

The 27 DVDs were valued at $949.

Rich September 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
One of the movies was " Catch me if you can ". They did !
Aj September 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM
lol I wish he tripped and the DVDs went flying hahahha
Oak Lawn Resident September 30, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Over DVD's this person who caught him could have been shot, if the the thief had a gun. This Kmart is a well known target for thieves. I have many times went to that store and watched people put things down their pants, or inside there shirts. One time I was watching this guy who took off a old shirt, Put a brand new one on and hung the old one up. I watched him as he walked out of the store with a new fake Bear;s shirt. So this security guy must be new, because I know this place loses 1000's of dollar's a week with the thieves. I told the lady at the register that the guy walked out, her response was " it is only a Shirt" no need to get a worked up about it" Well it shows anybody will do anything if they can get away with it. Love the Comment Rich, plus I bet the other movie was Running Man and Run....
Rebecca September 30, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Farrell October 01, 2012 at 06:58 PM
"Paul Blart, Mall Cop" or "Observe and Report", anyone? WAIT! I GOT IT - "PRISONER CELL BLOCK H" (where this fool's headed one of these days) Such a good show - THAT I'd pay top dollar for.
Farrell October 01, 2012 at 07:05 PM
"Over DVD's this person who caught him could have been shot, if the the thief had a gun" Yeah, that's about how that works - but I was glad to see that there are conscientious employees - be they security, cashiers, whatever. Kmart isn't exactly the Garden of Eden, but it's still a business - maybe could have used a few more conscientious types over the years like this one, so that it didn't devolve into some piece of landfill that guys like myself sneer at as "not being the Garden of Eden". Those of you over 40, you remember what cool, decent stores these all were - Kmart, Sears, Wards, etc. Too bad times have changed to where a cashier doesn't even care that a shirt's being stolen, or that a security guard just sort of shrugs at it ("whattaya gonna do, huh") That's another thing - security guards were a good job back then - not put down as being a "rent-a-cop". Shoppers and merchants alike were protected.


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