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Store owner chases, tackles alleged thief


LORAIN – A Lorain man who police said tried to steal from a store was tackled by the owner and arrested moments later on Thursday.

Adam Snyder, 25, from Riverside Drive in Lorain was charged with theft on Thursday after he allegedly tried to run out of Lake Shore Tool and Equipment with a stolen drill kit around 10:30 a.m.

Deputy Sheriff John Steenstra said Snyder then ran west down North Ridge Road, followed by the store owner, Tim Hartsel, who tackled him in front of the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Hartsel said that he grabbed the man in a “bear hug” and was assisted in tackling the alleged thief by a bystander who didn’t work at the store.

Snyder was arrested by police around 10:35 a.m. in front of the Board of Elections at 1985 N. River Road E.

“This is the sixth person I have personally apprehended,” Hartsel said, adding that despite owning the store for 32 years, thefts have become more common in recent years. Hartsel, in turn, has become more vigilant.

“I’m not just going to let (a thief) walk out of here (with stolen items),” Hartsel said.

Hartsel added that he recognized Snyder and has seen him in the store before.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or

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