Grandview Heights police arrested a Hilliard man early Tuesday morning, April 25, after responding to a report of a suspicious person.
Christian M. Worley, 24, was charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing official business and criminal mischief after attempting to flee from officers.
Officers responded about 2:45 a.m. April 25 to the 1200 block of Oakland Avenue after a resident reported a man appeared to be looking in her car's windows and preparing to break into the vehicle.
When they arrived, officers saw Worley, who matched the description given by the caller.
Worley began to flee on foot, but an officer was able to catch up to him as he attempted to run through residential yards. The officer used pepper spray to subdue Worley and he was taken into custody without further incident.
Worley was found to be in possession of a camera and some vehicle accessories police believe he may have stolen, Sgt. Ryan Starns said.
"We would like to get them back to the proper owner," Starns said. "If anyone can properly describe the items by the brand, color, serial number or proof of ownership, we would like to speak with them.
"Identifying a victim is also necessary to pursue theft or receiving stolen property charges on the suspect," he said.
Grandview police received three other reports of cars being rummaged through overnight, Starns said.
"They are all in the same general area," he said, with two occurring on Fairview Avenue south of First Avenue and another on Oakland near First Avenue.
"The victims did not initially report anything missing from their cars. It just appears someone rummaged through the vehicles," Starns said. "It may be that the victims just haven't noticed anything missing yet."
Police are investigating whether Worley may have been involved in any recent reports of thefts.
Residents on Oxley, Thomas and Copeland roads and Quay Avenue reported April 21 thefts from their vehicles. Residents on Woodhill Drive also reported April 21 the thefts of a bicycle and a rental car.
On April 10, police received several reports of thefts from cars and a garage on Glenn and West First avenues and Lincoln and Wyandotte roads.
A video from a surveillance camera at one of the Woodhill Drive residences shows a suspect who does not appear to be Worley, Starns said.
"We do have a person of interest we are investigating from that incident," he said.
After his arrest. Worley was treated by the Grandview Heights Fire Department before being taken to the Franklin County jail.
Those with information are asked to call the police department at 614-488-7901, Starns said.