You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Thief throws gas at police chief

Clark County, German Twp. officers search for man suspected in other crimes.


German Twp. police are looking for a man who reportedly threw a milk jug full of siphoned gas at the police chief while fleeing authorities.

A passerby called police after allegedly witnessing a man on a four-wheeler siphoning gas out of a box truck at USA Roller Skating Center, 2340 Valley Loop Road.

Police Chief Michael Stitzel said he was the first officer to arrive on scene and witnessed the suspect siphoning the gas from under the vehicle using a tube. When he blocked the four-wheeler with his cruiser and got out of the car to approach the man, Stitzel said the suspect chucked the gallon milk jug he was pouring the gas into at Stitzel and fled on foot.

The chief then deployed his Taser on the suspect, but only one prong stuck, and the man was able to run into nearby woods, Stitzel said.

This is the second time someone has stolen gas from the truck, which is owned by USA Roller Skating Center, said owner Robert Patterson.

“From my understanding he actually got underneath the truck and cut the fuel line so he had easy access,” Patterson said. “I have no idea (the cost of repairs) at this time, but I’m sure it’ll be in the hundreds. It was in the hundreds to fix it the first time around.”

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted German Twp. police in searching the area, but they were unable to locate the suspect.

Stitzel said he is familiar with the suspect, and he is wanted for other crimes in the area. Officers located tools on the four-wheeler they believe were used in those other crimes and bagged them for evidence.

Unmarked cars continued to search the area for the man, but were unable to locate him as of Tuesday evening.

Anyone with information on this theft can call German Twp. police at (937) 964-9105.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Pike County victim not eligible for state funds because of drugs
Pike County victim not eligible for state funds because of drugs

The state of Ohio turned down a request for victim’s compensation from the brother-in-law of one of the victims of the Pike County killings because of evidence of a marijuana growing operation at the crime scene, state records show. Records obtained by the I-Team show David Weisel, brother-in-law to Christopher Rhoden Sr., applied in May 2016...
High school student hits teacher with paper airplane, faces 1 month in jail
High school student hits teacher with paper airplane, faces 1 month in jail

A South Carolina high school student accused of throwing a paper airplane that hit a teacher in the eye could face up to a month of jail time, according to South Strand News. Georgetown County sheriff's deputies arrested a 17-year-old student after his teacher, Edward McIver, said he had been hit by a paper airplane thrown by the high schooler, the...
Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary
Trump names his choice for Air Force secretary

A former congresswoman and Air Force Academy graduate will be nominated to become the next secretary of the Air Force, the Trump administration said Monday. Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., an Air Force officer in Europe at the height of the Cold War of the 1980s, was nominated by President Donald J. Trump for the highest civilian post in the...
Lifetime's Britney Spears biopic trailer released
Lifetime's Britney Spears biopic trailer released

The first trailer for "Britney Ever After," Lifetime's TV movie biopic on pop icon Britney Spears was posted Monday morning on the network's social media pages. Mashable reported that the trailer is somewhat somber, focusing on on Spears' publicized struggles with fame. Using shots of British actress Natasha Bassett portraying Spears as a...
Arthur Blank to send all Falcons employees to Super Bowl
Arthur Blank to send all Falcons employees to Super Bowl

Atlanta Falcons franchise owner Arthur Blank plans to take all of the team's employees to Houston for the Super Bowl. The team employs about 500 people. No further details of Blank's plans were available on Monday, the day after the Falcons beat the Packers for the NFC championship. The Falcons will play the AFC champion New England Patriots in the...
More Stories