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Alleged shoplifter in Avon charged for violating 'stay at home order'

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 10:55:13-04

AVON, Ohio — A 39-year-old man is facing several charges, including violation of the state's stay at home order, after he was caught allegedly shoplifting at Target in Avon.

The suspect, Eric L. Bates, of Lorain, was charged with theft, obstructing, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating the governor’s orders, according to an Avon police report.

The incident happened around 1: 25 p.m. on Tuesday. Police responded to the store after being contacted by employees about a “known shoplifter” having entered the store, according to the report.

While authorities were en route, employees called back and said Bates had merchandise and was heading towards the front of the store, the report stated. Bates then went outside and tried to run off, but he was captured by police and taken to the Lorain County Jail.

Regarding the governor’s order:

Mike DeWine and Ohio Board of Health Director Amy Acton issued the order on Sunday to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The law allowing the governor's order was established in 2004. It states: “No person shall violate any rule the director of health or department of health adopts or any order the director or department of health issues under this chapter to prevent a threat to the public caused by a pandemic, epidemic, or bioterrorism event,” according to Ohio Revised Code.

RELATED: Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Dr. Amy Acton issue 'Stay at Home' order for all of Ohio

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