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FORSYTH — A 37-year-old man led deputies on a brief foot chase after he and two others were caught on camera stealing merchandise from a home improvement store, the Macon County Sheriff's Office said.

Signed affidavits said deputies were called to Menards, 533 Market Drive in Forsyth, on Jan. 4 and were shown surveillance footage of two men and a woman taking a $79.99 camera and a $19.84 wall outlet from the store without paying. 

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The loss prevention officer called deputies back to Menard's at about 7:55 p.m. Thursday after all three suspects returned to the store, the affidavit said. Deputies stopped the suspects as they were leaving, the affidavit said, and the 37-year-old man fled north from the store.

The man was stopped after a deputy used a stun gun on him, said the affidavit, which noted the man threw a loaded Walther 9 mm handgun about 3 feet in front of him. Deputies later found a loaded magazine for the gun in his front coat pocket. 

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The 37-year-old man was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful use of a weapon, retail theft with a prior conviction and resisting/obstructing a police officer. The other man, 36, faces a preliminary retail theft charge, and the 32-year-old woman was arrested on a preliminary retail theft with a prior conviction charge. 

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

The 36-year-old man was released from custody Friday after posting $10,000 bond. The other man and the woman were held in the Macon County Jail on Friday in lieu of $15,000 and $10,000, respectively. 

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