SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — Former Oregon State linebacker Keith Pankey still spends his Saturdays chasing runners down.
Pankey graduated from OSU five years ago and now works as a police officer in Springfield. The agency says Pankey won two separate foot races on Saturday with men suspected of shoplifting.
Sgt. Richard Lewis says Pankey was dispatched to a Safeway store after a suspect fled from security officers. Pankey used his speed to make the arrest.
When Pankey returned to the store with his suspect, security told him they were pursuing a second shoplifter.
Pankey chased the man, capturing him on Q Street.
Police say both shoplifters are registered sex offenders out of compliance with terms of their release. They were booked into jail.