MACOMB — A 19-year-old man stole a pair of boots Saturday morning and led police on a brief foot chase through a corn field.
Macomb Police, McDonough County Sheriff’s Department and Illinois State Police were called to help catch the man, Gunner L. Kindhart, of Macomb.
Macomb Police Chief Curt Barker said Kindhart had stolen a pair of boots from the Farm King store on East Jackson Street just before 11 a.m. and had escaped into an adjacent corn field. Barker said police set up a perimeter and entered the cornfield to search for the man.
Police found the man’s footprints and then his cellphone, which police traced to his residence. He was arrested within 45 minutes near his home on East Wheeler Street.
“He was wearing the boots when we caught him,” Barker said. “They were covered in mud.”
Kindhart has been charged for one count of theft of less than $500.
Barker said the boots that were stolen retailed for $189.

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