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Man accused of Paducah Walmart theft captured after manhunt in Massac Co., IL

Benjamin L. Comer (Source: Paducah Police Department) Benjamin L. Comer (Source: Paducah Police Department)
Benjamin L. Comer (Source: Paducah Police Department) Benjamin L. Comer (Source: Paducah Police Department)
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

A man accused of trying to steal more than $1,200 in merchandise from a Paducah store, and pulling a gun on another man who tried to stop him has been captured after a manhunt in Massac County, Illinois.

Benjamin L. Comer, 26, of Paducah, was charged in warrants with first-degree robbery and first-degree fleeing or evading police.

He was captured on Unionville Road in Massac County on Thursday morning, August 4.

Illinois State  Police warned some residents in Massac County to be on the look out for Comer. They said they consider him armed and dangerous and advise the residents of Brookport, Unionville, Mt. Sterling and Hamletsburg areas of Massac County to be on the look out for him.

They said if you see him, do not approach him or make contact. They asked that you call 911 immediately.

Police were called to a Walmart Supercenter on Paducah's south side at 12:14 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3.

A customer service manager told officers she saw a man exit the store with two shopping carts full of merchandise without paying for the items. She said she followed him and asked him to stop, but he cursed her and continued into the parking lot.

A 50-year-old customer saw what was happening and followed the man into the parking lot trying to stop him. The customer said the man put some of the merchandise into a car, then pulled a pistol from the floorboard of the car and pointed it at him. The man then got into the car and left.

Officer Cody Santel located the car traveling north on North 8th Street and he and Officer Will Gilbert tried to stop it. The car fled across the Brookport Bridge into Illinois and was later found by Illinois authorities in a ditch.

Officers recognized the vehicle as the one driven previously by Comer and identified him as the man pictured in Walmart’s surveillance video of the incident.

Warrants were obtained charging Comer with first-degree robbery and first-degree fleeing or evading police.

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