Police: Man accused of stealing from Pflugerville Target said he wanted foot massager, couldn’t afford one

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PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Police say a man accused of stealing from a Target in Pflugerville told officers he wanted to get his girlfriend a foot massager, but didn’t have the money to buy one.

According to an arrest affidavit, 22-year-old Bryan Chamberlain is accused of robbing the store on Limestone Commercial Drive around 11:20 a.m. on Friday.

Security staff at the Target told police they saw a man walk into the store who they recognized from previous thefts.

They watched the man put several items into a shopping cart, and then push it through an empty cashier lane, according to the affidavit. The items were later valued at $266.

When the guards tried to detain the man, he allegedly tried to push the cart into them.

According to the affidavit, during a struggle between the three men, the suspect picked up a glass jar containing a candle and threw it at the security staff.

The suspect was able to leave the scene, police said. Surveillance footage showed him entering a blue Nissan Versa in the parking lot.

Officers tracked the car to a home address in Pflugerville and found the vehicle parked nearby. They saw a man, later identified as Chamberlain, turn and run from officers, but he was eventually stopped and detained, according to the affidavit.

As he was being arrested, police say Chamberlain told officers he wanted to get a foot massager for his girlfriend, but was having financial problems.

Officers searched Chamberlain and found a bag containing nine pills, which were later determined to be Xanax, police said.

Chamberlain is charged with robbery, possession of a controlled substance, and evading arrest. He is being held in the Travis County Jail on a total bond of $15,000.

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