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Man arrested of stealing beer, driving away with Walmart manager

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A Titusville Walmart manager was chasing two people after they stole beer on Dec. 30, and the situation escalated to another level.

Michael Dawson said the thieves flung the beer in their vehicle and tried to leave the parking lot. That was when Dawson was forced to jump into the rear of the truck so the culprits would not run him over.

"I ran up to get their license plate, but when I realized how close I was, I jumped in the back so they didn't run me over," Dawson explained.

The truck sped down I-95, but when it stopped in Canaveral Groves, Dawson said he was able to exit the vehicle.

Titusville police have arrested one of the suspects. “Joseph Michael Long, of Cocoa, was arrested by Cocoa police on charges unrelated to the Walmart theft, Titusville police said.” Long was identified as one of the thieves who stole the beer from the store.

On Friday, Long was charged with armed robbery, kidnapping and grand theft, according to Titusville police. He is currently confined in the Brevard County Jail.

Police have also located the truck that was used in the robbery, and evidence was taken from it. That truck is actually registered to Long’s father.

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