James E. Chandler, 56, of Waukegan.

Prosecutors say a Waukegan man, who is a convicted felon, punched a security officer that confronted him while he was leaving the Walmart in Antioch with stolen products.

James E. Chandler, 56, of Waukegan, was charged with retail theft over $300, enhanced theft and battery making physical contact.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Stella Day said Chandler entered Walmart in Antioch on April 22 while carrying a backpack.

A loss prevention officer spotted Chandler putting products in the backpack.

Day said that Chandler walked past the last point of sale with the items in the backpack.

The loss prevention officer attempted to stop Chandler but the suspect punched the officer in the shoulder, Day said.

Chandler was able to get away and went into the parking lot where officers eventually arrested him, Day said.

The stolen items, which totaled over $360, included household goods, knives and drinks.

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Chandler has prior convictions for theft, burglary and possession of burglary tools.

Lake County Judge James Newman ordered Chandler held on a $60,000 bond.

Chandler remains held in the Lake County Jail and would need to post $6,000 cash in order to be released.

A bond review hearing is scheduled for Tuesday and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 16.