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12:22 PM, Sep 17, 2012   |    comments
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HUDSON, Florida -- One man has been arrested and another is still on the run after deputies say they tried to rob the Kmart on U.S. 19 in Hudson.

After his arrest, Claude Swick told Pasco County deputies he was desperate because he has no money and was being evicted. So he hatched a plan with his accomplice, James Bortes, to rob the store. 

Swick told deputies Bortes hid in the store until it closed and then moved numerous items to the back of the store where Swick met him with a rented U-Haul truck. 

During the burglary, Swick and Bortes apparently set off the interior alarm twice, but responding deputies could not find any signs of forced entry and left. After setting off the alarm for a third time, the store manager came and spotted one of the men inside and called police.

With about $6,100 in stolen merchandise loaded into the moving truck, Swick crashed the U-Haul while trying to flee police about a quarter of a mile away, rolling it over on its side.

Swick, 45, reportedly tried to escape on foot, but was caught by the responding K9 unit. Bortes managed to get away and is still at large.

All the merchandise was returned to the store.

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