A 33-year-old Westerville man was arrested after allegedly shoplifting then fleeing from officers while in possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to reports, an employee of a store in the 100 block of Polaris Parkway reported a man pushed a cart of merchandise out of the store without paying on the evening of Oct. 21.
When he was confronted by an employee, the man reportedly grabbed the $165 worth of items and ran.
Officers outside the store saw the man run, and followed him in their cruiser, according to reports.
When the man jumped into a vehicle, the officers reportedly drew their weapons and ordered him out of the vehicle. He was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Officers searched the vehicle and reportedly found a used syringe and other items related to drug use.
According to reports, the man admitted to the theft and to using crack cocaine.
He was arrested and charged with theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments, reports stated.
He was taken to the hospital before being transferred to the Delaware County jail.
In other recent Westerville police incident reports:
* Someone reportedly threw a large landscaping stone through the window of a Westerville resident's vehicle.
According to reports, the victim exited her residence in the 100 block of Ormsbee Avenue on the morning of Oct. 23 to find her window had been broken and items missing from the vehicle.
* Multiple residents in the 400 block of Blue Heron Court reported someone entered their unlocked vehicles and stole change and other items between Oct. 24 and 25.