Grandview Heights police early Thursday morning, Jan. 3, arrested a man believed to be among those responsible for at least some of the thefts from vehicles that have occurred over the past few months in central Ohio.
Matthew Bossert, 27, of Columbus was arrested after a Grandview resident called police at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday to report she saw three men with flashlights looking in cars on Oxley Road near Burr Avenue.
Grandview police officer Drew Brubaker was in the area and responded, finding the men in a car just north of Burr, Police Chief David Wood said.
One of the men apparently fled in a vehicle waiting in the alley between Oxley Road and McClain, Wood said.
Grandview officers and Columbus police converged on the scene and chased the other two suspects on foot, he said.
Brubaker was able to capture Bossert as he hid between houses in the 800 block of Oxley Road. Police were unable to capture the other suspect, who fled on foot.
Worthington police had notified area police departments Dec. 27 that Bossert had a warrant for his arrest on a felony charge of receiving stolen property and multiple cases pending in Franklin County Municipal Court.
The notice stated Bossert previously had been arrested several times by Worthington, Upper Arlington and Columbus police for various theft offenses.
In making the arrest Thursday morning, Brubaker recovered two backpacks filled with electronics, Wood said.
Bossert had a credit card belonging to a Grandview resident in his pocket and the resident has confirmed her credit card had been stolen, he said.
Bossert was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of obstructing office business, falsification and carrying a concealed weapon, police said.
No descriptions of the other two suspects or of the driver of the car were reported, Wood said.