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By Ben Meyerson
The Flagg family decided to pick up a few things before Christmas, so they went to Dominick's in River Forest.
But Frederick C. Flagg, 39, of Elmwood Park, and his nephew Christopher C. Flagg, 27, of Maywood, just didn't want to pay for anything.
Frederick was busted for stealing $26 worth of batteries from Dominick's at 7501 North Ave. while Christopher, waiting in a getaway car outside, allegedly stole a woman's purse and bolted without his incapacitated uncle before being arrested several blocks away.
It started inside Dominick's when Frederick reportedly was spotted nabbing the batteries by store security. When Frederick was stopped, he started fighting with store personnel, River Forest police said.
But the new manager of Dominick's — a former Marine, according to River Forest Police Lt. Craig Rutz — promptly took down Frederick, who needed an ambulance for his injuries and was taken to the hospital before being arrested.
"They got into a scuffle, and Frederick was flattened out," Rutz said.
Meanwhile, Christopher was sitting outside in the Dominick's parking lot, waiting for his uncle to come out. As the ambulance and several cop cars pulled up to take care of his uncle, Christopher apparently had no idea anything was wrong inside.
So when a woman pulled into the parking lot in the middle of the affair and ran up to the Redbox vending machine, Christopher saw an opportunity to profit.
He allegedly went to the woman's unlocked car and stole her purse, then opened up her trunk and started digging through it. When he was spotted, Christopher jumped back into his car with the purse and sped away down North Avenue.
"He didn't even know his uncle had just been arrested for retail theft," Rutz said. "The girl's car was 10 feet from the ambulance with his uncle."
Christopher was spotted by police about half a block away, and he threw the purse out of the car's window. Christopher was stopped and arrested a few blocks away, charged with burglary. Frederick was charged with retail theft.