Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra said he was driving around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday when he noticed a man walk off with two cases of beer from the back of a truck, The Hartford Courant reported Thursday.
Segarra said he remained in his car and followed the man, honking his horn and shouting "drop it."
"I said, 'Don't do that. It's not yours,'" the mayor said. "He ignored me at first and kept walking."
Segarra said the man eventually dropped the cases of beer and ran off. The mayor returned the pilfered beverages to the truck driver.
"I don't recommend anyone do what I did, but I have a responsibility to hold things together in this city," Segarra said. "I have to send a message: Not on my watch. Someone was just trying to do their job and the guy had no right to do that."
The mayor said the thief was arrested after being identified by witnesses.