Off-duty Middletown firefighter tackles alleged shoplifter

Christopher Hinkle (WLWT Photo).
Christopher Hinkle (WLWT Photo).

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WLWT) — An off-duty Middletown firefighter helped take down an alleged shoplifter, police said.

The incident happened Friday at the Meijer store in the 3600 block of Towne Boulevard.

Officials said that the firefighter tackled Christopher Hinkle, who loaded his pockets with goods, attempted to walk out of the store and got into an argument with store employees.

The firefighter held Hinkle down until police arrived, at which point police found numerous stolen items stuffed in Hinkle’s pockets, according to court documents.

The firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Hinkle was arrested and charged with robbery. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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