Springfield man accused of stealing $100 of candy, fighting officers

James Ragland is arraigned in Municipal Court Friday, March 31, 2017. Bill Lackey/Staff

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James Ragland is arraigned in Municipal Court Friday, March 31, 2017. Bill Lackey/Staff

A Springfield man is in jail after police alleged he attempted to steal more than $100 of candy and other items.

James A. Ragland, 45, is charged with theft, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

Springfield Police were called to Speedway on West North Street on Thursday for a man stuffing his coat with candy, according to a police report.

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Officers located Ragland in the candy aisle and police said he had a Butterfingers sticking out of his sweatshirt.

The suspect attempted to pull away from officers when they were arresting him, according to the report, causing all three to crash into a candy display and the coffee area.

Ragland allegedly pushed an officer near his neck and was told if he didn’t surrender he would be Tased. After officers Tased him, Ragland surrendered and was placed into custody.

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Police said they found large amounts of candy and beef jerky totaling more than $105 in his sweatshirt.

Officers sustained minor injuries to their elbows during this arrest.

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