Crime & Courts

Joliet man stole liquor, threatened to kill officers: cops

Man arrested after he stole bottle of liquor from Walgreens, police said

A Joliet man was arrested after he stole a bottle of liquor from Walgreens and made numerous comments about threatening to kill the officers who took him into custody, police said.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to the Walgreens at 2101 W. Jefferson St. in response to a report of a retail theft, Joliet police said.

Officers arrived and determined that Robert Gant, 46, who lives at the Star Inn, had removed a bottle of liquor from the shelf and left the store without paying for it, police said.

Officers found Gant in the 2200 block of West Jefferson Street, placed him under arrest and recovered a bottle of liquor from him, police said.

“During the arrest, Gant made numerous comments about threatening to kill officers,” police said.

Gant was arrested on probable cause of retail theft and threatening a public official. He was taken to the Will County jail.

On Sept. 8, Gant was charged with aggravated domestic battery and domestic battery. The charges were dropped Jan. 13 when the complaining witness failed to appear in court for the bench trial, according to court records. The witness had been subpoenaed to appear in court.

On Dec. 7, Gant was charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance. The case remains pending. As a condition of Gant’s bond, a judge ordered him to have no contact with any Walmart stores and to submit to drug testing, court records show.

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver

Felix Sarver covers crime and courts for The Herald-News