EAST HARLEM — A man confronted stealing baby formula from a supermarket escalated his heist by swiping a security guard's cellphone and credit cards before being caught, police said.
When the security guard tried to stop him, Brown took her phone and credit cards and ran, according to prosecutors.
An officer outside the supermarket tried to stop Brown but he was able to get away, police said.
Officers arrested him a short time later at the Wagner Pool a couple of blocks away. They noticed a bottle of Enfamil sticking out of his pants and a bulge on his leg before the arrest, according to the criminal complaint.
Brown was charged with two counts of grand larceny. He is at Rikers Island on $2,500 bail and is due in court Tuesday, records show.
His attorney was not immediately available for comment.