Shirtless man steals cases of beer, leads deputies on slow foot chase

Fort Myers, FL - Police have arrested a man who stole two cases of beer from a Southwest Florida convenience store and led authorities on a slow foot chase through traffic.

Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested 40-year-old Tuvauris John after John stole the beer from a 7-Eleven on Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.

According to LSCO, a call came in that John used a fire extinguisher to prop open a door to the convenience store, then removed two 18-packs of Michelob Ultra before leaving the store.

Police say John, who was shirtless and wearing a hat with a marijuana leaf on it, fled the scene following the robbery.

A short time later, a deputy found John walking in traffic on Cypress Drive.

The deputy asked John to stop, but John ignored the deputies commands, telling the officer that he would "proceed with his business."

The deputy exited his vehicle and restrained John with the assistance of another deputy.

After a brief confrontation, one of the deputies deployed their Taser at John in an effort to subdue him.

John was arrested on charges of petit theft and resisting an officer without violence.

Deputies recovered one of the two cases of stolen beer.

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