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Ex-Oklahoma congressman's son arrested

Published: February 20, 2013

AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) — The 37-year-old son of a former longtime Oklahoma congressman has been jailed in Utah on suspicion of shoplifting.

American Fork police say Chad Istook grabbed a pack of cigarettes late Saturday at a Fresh Market grocery store.

Istook took off but was captured a short distance away. Police say a security video shows a store employee trying to stop him.

Authorities say Istook has theft convictions in Oklahoma and Texas. He is being held at Utah County jail on two theft charges — one for a previous shoplifting incident at the Fresh Market last spring.

Ernest Istook was a Republican congressman from Oklahoma for 14 years until 2006. He is a distinguished fellow and talk-radio host at The Heritage Foundation. He didn't immediately return calls from The Associated Press. Istook acknowledged in 2010 that his son has troubles. has disabled the comments for this article.


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