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Shopper breaks window, stops theft with his elbow

SCHERERVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana man says he smashed the window of a car to stop shoplifters outside a busy store.

Eric Cordell says he needed six stitches for his injuries, but he was able to recover a bag of coats stolen from a TJ Maxx in Schererville on Dec. 4.

Cordell was leaving the store after buying gift cards when he heard a woman say that a man had taken a bag. He chased the thief, who got into a car, and then smashed the window with his elbow. Cordell tells the Post-Tribune , "I don't know what I was thinking."

The thief gave up the bag and drove off with an accomplice. Schererville police were able to track down the vehicle. Spokesman Brian Neyhart says charges are pending.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/

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