Authorities have charged a Washington area man suspected of stealing items from a number of vehicles, most of them in the Quail Run subdivision, last weekend.
A warrant issued Thursday afternoon in Franklin County Circuit Court charges Tyler R. Anderson, 22, with one count of felony stealing in the incidents.
Sgt. Paul Kesterson arrested Anderson about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after responding to a report of a man and woman acting suspiciously at the Fas-Trip station on East Fifth Street. The officer stopped the suspects’ vehicle in the 1300 block of East Fifth and questioned the man who is known to police and is wanted on an outstanding warrant.
Police Chief Ken Hahn said during the arrest, Kesterson located numerous items, including several GPS units, that matched ones reported stolen.
Other items reported stolen included cellphones, jewelry and small amounts of money, police said.
The man confessed to stealing the items and took Kesterson to an address on Lafayette Street where additional stolen items were recovered, according to Hahn.
Police determined that the woman was not involved in the thefts and she was released, Hahn said.
As of Thursday afternoon, police had identified the owners of most of the property that was reported stolen from cars.
Police believe that the thefts occurred late Friday night, July 26, or early Saturday, July 27.
Anderson currently is on five years’ probation in an April 2012 felony stealing case, according to online court documents. He received a suspended imposition of sentence after pleading guilty to the felony charge.
He also has a pending case in court in which he is charged with misdemeanor counts of stealing and property damage related to an incident in January 2013. That case also was investigated by Washington police.
Anderson’s bond was set at $40,000 in the latest felony case.
While his address is listed as being off Highway 100 between Washington and New Haven, police said the suspect had been living at various locations in Washington for some time.