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A Racine man is in custody, after police say he was part of a group of five people loss prevention staff say were working together to steal from Shopko, 4801 Washington Ave., in Racine.

Loss prevention staff called police to say four female subjects and one male subject – later identified as Domonic Cooper, were concealing items inside a stroller. They had a toddler with them in the stroller, according to the complaint.

Police officers were speaking with one suspect at the exit door, when loss prevention staff advised the other suspects were about to leave a different door. Cooper was pushing the stroller at the time.

Officers said they announced their presence, and that Cooper was initially cooperative, but as he was being placed into handcuffs he swung his elbow at one of the officers and tried to run. He was ultimately taken into custody, but the female suspects left during the struggle.

Police reported Cooper was wearing a pair of tan boots, and had a backpack, wireless speaker, six shirts, deodorant and earrings – most of which were concealed inside the stroller.

The officer who had been struck by Cooper’s elbow received a concussion.

Cooper is charged with retail theft, resisting arrest, battery to police and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. His bond was set Tuesday at $2,500 cash. He was out on bond for misdemeanor retail theft when this incident took place.

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