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Man allegedly stole from shoe store, tried to sell employees cooking oil


OBERLIN – An intoxicated man was arrested for allegedly stealing shoes from The Shoe Department after attempting to sell cooking oil to employees.

Police received a call from Felicia Edwards, the manager of the store, at 11:09 a.m. Dec. 22. She said a man wearing a hospital band was pushing a Wal-Mart shopping cart containing cooking oil in the store.

Edwards told police that she believed the man may have stolen the cooking oil, because he did not have a receipt for it. She said the man tried to sell the cooking oil, and he also put on a pair of Converse shoes, valued at $49.99, without paying for them, hiding the box in the store.

Police immediately recognized the man as Jason Rahrig, 42, of Wellington, according to the report. Rahrig appeared to be highly intoxicated, and he could not stand without help, police said.

Rahrig denied stealing the shoes, telling an officer that he put them on because his feet were wet. Police said Rahrig only had $3 in cash.

Rahrig was transported to the hospital due to his high level of intoxication. He told police that he consumed only three beers but was extremely intoxicated due to his medical condition and liver failure.

An acquaintance of Rahrig told police that she took Rahrig to Wal-Mart to purchase the olive oil, before dropping him off at The Shoe Department. She said Rahrig has obsessive compulsive disorder, so he could not stand his shoes being wet.

Rahrig was charged with theft after he was released from Mercy Allen Hospital later that day. He was taken to Lorain County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

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