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Injured shoplifting suspect issued citation

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ELYRIA — A shoplifting suspect rescued after police said he fell down a ravine on Ford Road was issued a citation.

Brett Benson, 40, of the 34000 block of Heatherwood Avenue in Avon, was cited for theft and obstructing official business, said police Sgt. Richard Buckway. Buckway said Benson is accused of stealing from the RadioShack, 249 Midway Blvd.

Buckway said RadioShack employees, not police, chased Benson, who injured his ankle in the fall. He was lifted about 200 feet in a basket by firefighters. Lorain County Metro Parks and a police dog from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the rescue.

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