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Hilliard: Officer thwarts Speedway robbery

A Hilliard police officer was in the right place at the right time early Jan. 23 when he drove past a Columbus gas station and saw two men stealing cigarettes.

Officer Tony LaRosa was driving by the Speedway at 3611 Fishinger Blvd. just before 2 a.m. when he heard an alarm and saw a man inside the store stealing cigarettes, Hilliard police said.

Another man was waiting outside in a vehicle. The man inside the store ran to the car and both men fled, Hilliard police said.

LaRosa called for backup and pursued the men through several jurisdictions, including Hilliard, Upper Arlington, Worthington and Columbus.

LaRosa ended his pursuit near the spot where the men -- later identified as Steven Paul Farrow and Andrew Keith Foster -- ditched the car and fled on foot, Columbus police said.

Columbus police found Farrow and Foster hiding in a ravine near McCoy Avenue and Greenwich Street.

According to Columbus police, Farrow, 55, was arrested and initially charged with burglary. Foster, 45, was arrested and initially charged with breaking and entering, according to Columbus police.

In other news from the Hilliard Division of Police:

* A Franklin County grand jury on Jan. 21 indicted Randall E. Pennington, 42, of Grove City, in connection with a bicyclist who was struck Sept. 1, 2013, while riding on Dublin Road, south of Hayden Run Road in Norwich Township.

The bicyclist, Brad Young, 44, was severely injured, police said.

The grand jury charged Pennington with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and failing to stop after an accident, a fifth-degree felony.

Pennington is to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Hilliard police said.

Hilliard police credit tips in providing them with enough information to obtain an indictment.