A man accused of stealing a commercial truck early Jan. 11 in Hilliard was arrested several hours later after fleeing Zanesville police officers in a vehicle and on foot.
According to the Zanesville Times Recorder, Dustin Howard, 39, of Flatwoods, Kentucky, was charged with 10 felony counts, including receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, robbery, aggravated burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.
Howard has not been charged locally, said Andrea Litchfield, a spokeswoman for the Hilliard Division of Police.
The stolen truck, which was valued at $40,000, was equipped with a GPS tracker, Litchfield said.
It was determined the vehicle left the premises of a business on the 3700 block of Lacon Road at 4:15 a.m. Jan. 11.
The vehicle was left unlocked and a spare key was inside, according to Hilliard police.
Zanesville police approached Howard shortly before 9 a.m. as he was loading appliances into the vehicle behind a Big Sandy Superstore on Maple Avenue, and he fled on foot, Comstock said.
Howard entered several residences in Zanesville before stealing an SUV from the 3700 block of Greenbrier Avenue in Zanesville, Comstock said.
“He left our jurisdiction and drove out of the city but then turned back around and drove south, reentering (Zanesville) on (Interstate 70),” Comstock said.
Howard lost control of the vehicle while attempting to exit at Maple Avenue, Comstock said.
The pursuit, involving Zanesville police, the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies, ended when Howard crashed into a sign in front of John McIntire Library, 220 N. Fifth St., Comstock said.
Howard was found in a nearby residence, where, police say, he had broken into the building. He was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and transported to jail.
A $250,000 bond was set Jan. 13 in Zanesville Municipal Court, and a grand jury is scheduled to consider an indictment Jan. 15, after which, if indicated for the offenses charged, the case would be remanded to the Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas Court, according to Vicky Kirk, common-pleas court clerk.
In other recent Hilliard police incident reports:
* Cordless drills, nail guns, a miter box saw and other tools, all worth $2,270, were reported stolen at 7:50 a.m. Jan. 6 from a building at Goldenrod Street and Switchgrass Court.
* A driver's license, money clip, wireless media player, in-ear headphones and a credit card were reported stolen between 11:10 and 11:40 a.m. Jan. 11 from a vehicle parked at Hilliard Darby High School, 4200 Leppert Road.
* A 14-year-old girl told police she was assaulted at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at Hilliard Bradley High School, 2800 Walker Road. Another 14-year-old girl struck the girl in the face, police said, and she was charged with assault.
* A 38-year-old woman was arrested for misdemeanor drug paraphernalia at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at Cemetery Road and Interstate 270.
* A 35-year-old woman was arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia at 12:05 a.m. Jan. 13 at Leap Road and Anson Drive.