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Thieves locked in Stop-N-Go, chased down bike path, officials say

Police: Man arrested could not name accomplice

MADISON, Wis. - A man was arrested Friday afternoon after a convenience store employee tried to stop two thieves and police pursued them down a bike path, according to a release.

A Stop-N-Go employee tried to stop a pair of thieves at 2002 Winnebago St. by hitting a button that locks the front doors around 3:20 p.m., according to the release.

Todd A. Tantillo, 51, and another man were attempting to steal some non-alcoholic drinks and some tortilla chips, according to the release.

The thieves started to pound, kick and pull on the doors, officials said. The clerk thought the men were going to break the doors so he unlocked them.

After getting outside, one of the thieves threw an energy drink at the clerk, according to the release.

Officials said the employee showed officers a surveillance video, and an officer saw the men at Burr Jones Park at 1820 E. Washington Ave.

Both thieves tried to bike away but the officer was able to track down Tantillo following a brief squad car pursuit down a bike path, according to the release.

Tantillo was not able to provide the name of the other thief, according to the release.

He was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, resisting/obstructing, and retail theft.

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