A York Township man was arrested by West York Police Thursday evening after he stole meat and cold medicine that he planned to sell for heroin money, according to a news release.
Luis Soto-Rivera, 38, of the 2700 block of Crestview Drive was inside the Giant Food Store at 1200 W. Market St. when he was found to be hiding various meat items in a duffel bag, police said.
A store manager called police and said that when Soto-Rivera was confronted, he dropped the bag and violently ran from the store, knocking a woman down, the release states.
A short time later, a West York Police officer was patrolling the area when he saw a man in the first block of Richland Avenue that matched Soto-Rivera's description.
The man refused to stop and then darted into heavy rush-hour traffic, police said.
The officer chased Soto-Rivera for short time on foot before tackling him in the 900 block of West King Street in York, police said.
Soto-Rivera was found with a heroin needle in his pants pocket and told police he was taking the meat products to sell them for cash that he would then use to buy more heroin, police said.
Inside the dropped duffel bag were seven individually wrapped pork products and two packages of NyQuil Liquidcap OTC medication, worth a total of $160, the release states.
Soto-Rivera was charged with robbery, retail theft and flight to avoid apprehension.
He was in York County Prison Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.