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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.

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