A man and a woman were arrested in Westerville after a report involving a man allegedly trying to steal a television resulted in a chase.
According to reports, officers were alerted to a man "casing" various businesses and attempting to steal high-priced items. A description of the man and a vehicle were given to loss-prevention teams at Westerville-area businesses.
On the night of Jan. 22, a 35-year-old Grove City man matching the description was spotted at a store in the 100 block of Huber Village Boulevard. The man reportedly put a 55-inch television into a cart and attempted to walk out the door without paying.
When an employee stopped the man, he reportedly dropped it from his shoulder and ran out the door, with the television shattering on the floor. It was valued at $1,074, according to reports.
According to the employee, the man ran away and she pursued while someone called police. She eventually lost sight of the man. A Westerville officer saw a vehicle matching the description from other accounts and made a stop. Inside the vehicle was a woman from Groveport, who claimed she was picking up the man but had no knowledge of thefts, according to reports.
Meanwhile, a helicopter from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Westerville officers searched for the man. While the officer was speaking with the woman, the man reportedly texted her that he was at a nearby hotel, where he was arrested moments later, reports stated.
Police later discovered two straws with white powder residue in the vehicle. The woman was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, reports stated.
The man was charged with theft, vandalism and obstructing official business, and was taken to the Franklin County jail, according to reports
In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:
* Someone reportedly deceived a business out of nearly $4,000 in gift cards through a phone scam.
According to reports, an employee of a store in the first block of West Schrock Road answered a phone call about 4 a.m. Jan. 22 from a person claiming to be from the store's corporate office.
The caller reportedly used actual names and told the employee that his store manager and corporate office had both approved the issuance of several gift cards.
After about an hour, the employee had given the caller the information for $3,931.91 worth of gift cards, including their security codes, according to reports.
* A resident in the 700 block of Old Coach Road reported someone was opening car doors and searching vehicles on the street in the early hours of Jan. 25.