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Whitehall: Police chase, nab man after reported theft attempt

Whitehall police arrested a 48-year-old Columbus man for robbery after he allegedly attempted to steal merchandise and run from police Aug. 16 at Walmart, 3657 E. Main St.

Eric L. Cornley of Shellford Drive was arrested and charged with one count of robbery, a second-degree felony, reports said.

Police said Cornley was seen at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 16 picking up two identical vacuum cleaners and opening one, placing school supplies in the open box.

The man placed both boxes on a counter and attempted to leave with the opened box, police said.

A store security officer and a police officer attempted to stop Cornley, who dropped the box and ran into the parking lot, according to reports.

An officer apprehended Cornley, but he broke free and ran between cars in the parking lot before the officer and store employees caught him, police said.

The officer sustained damage to his equipment, including a radio and Taser, during the foot chase and apprehension, reports said.

Cornley had two active warrants for his arrest and his prior criminal record includes theft, receiving stolen property and burglary, according to reports.

Reports said he had two pocket knives, two plastic bags of marijuana and a crack pipe in his possession.

In other recent Whitehall police reports:

* Police reported burglaries at 12:35 p.m. Aug. 14 in the 3700 block of Etna Street; at 5:55 p.m. Aug. 14 in the 300 block of Barkley Place West; at 7:40 p.m. Aug. 15 in the 500 block of South Hamilton Road; at 12:45 a.m. Aug. 16 in the 200 block of Collingwood Avenue; at 3 a.m. Aug. 16 in the 3900 block of Andrus Court; at 9:20 p.m. Aug. 16 in the 4500 block of Saint Ann Lane; at 8:15 a.m. Aug. 17 in the 4600 block of East Main Street; at 11:40 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 4800 block of East Broad Street; and at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 20 in the 4000 block of Beechbank Road.

* Thefts were reported at 12:35 p.m. Aug. 14 in the 3800 block of Kenard Court; at 4:55 p.m. Aug. 14 in the 800 block of Ross Road; at 9:10 a.m. Aug. 15 in the 4300 block of East Mound Street; at 2:20 p.m. Aug. 16 and at 10:10 p.m. Aug. 17 in the first block of Parklawn Boulevard; and at 6:10 p.m. Aug. 18 in the 5300 block of Great Oak Way.

* Assaults were reported at 6:25 p.m. Aug. 14 and at 3:55 p.m. Aug. 15 in the 4600 block of East Main Street; at 7:35 p.m. Aug. 14 in the 4900 block of Dimson Drive South; at 4:50 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 3600 block of East Broad Street; and at 10:15 p.m. Aug. 19 at East Main Street and South Yearling Road.

* Police responded to reports of shots fired at 2:10 a.m. Aug. 18 in the first block of Beechcreek Road; and at 11:55 p.m. Aug. 19 in the 3700 block of East Main Street.

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