Death investigation launched after alleged shoplifter dies in Boystown supermarket

The Jewel-Osco store at 3531 North Broadway. | Google

Chicago police are conducting a death investigation after officers found an alleged shoplifter unresponsive inside a Jewel-Osco store in Boystown, according to a CPD spokesperson.

Police discovered 55-year-old Eugenio Escriba unresponsive when they arrived to handled a retail theft case at the store, 3531 North Broadway, around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to the department and a witness.

Officers called for EMS and then tried to save Escriba by administering CPR, but fire department personnel later pronounced him dead at the scene. Escriba lived near the store on the 3900 block of North Pine Grove.

Jewel-Osco security had tried to detain Escriba for shoplifting, police said.

Area North detectives are investigating.

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