K-Mart shoplifting brings massive response by Ohio police, SRT teams www.privateofficer.com
CHILLICOTHE OH Oct 31 2011 — Chillicothe police, the Ross County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Highway Patrol spent more than two hours Tuesday morning seeking a man who stole a bicycle from Super Kmart.
More than a dozen officers between the departments, including the patrol’s Special Response Team, three trained dogs and a patrol plane scoured a corn field along Seney Road across from Scioto Farm Supply.
Chillicothe police Chief Roger Moore said the concentrated effort was a result of two things — one, the suspect had fled police and risked the safety of others when he ran a red light as he crossed over North Bridge Street to Seney Road; and two, the patrol had extra people in the area who were able to respond.
Staff Lt. Jeff Carman, of the Ohio Highway Patrol’s Jackson post, said four people were in the area doing a routine quarterly inspection of the Chillicothe post of the patrol.
“The main reason we had so many people there is because it happened around shift change,” Carman said of the response.
The patrol requested the plane to assist in the search because it was a felony fleeing and eluding situation, but also because they’ll, “respond with any resources we have available,” Carman said.
The patrol’s special response team also was nearby as it was planning to train at the police department’s range on Seney Road. The team responded when Chillicothe police issued an alert to other agencies about a pursuit of a person fleeing in a vehicle, Moore said.
“I am grateful for all the assistance that the OSP and RCSO provided,” Moore said. “This is an example of the good working relationships that the city police has with the OSP, RCSO and others in the law enforcement community.”
Public Information Officer Bud Lytle said the theft report came in at 7:33 a.m. and the responding officer attempted to stop the man involved, who was driving a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck in the store parking lot. Instead of stopping, the truck accelerated out of the lot, allegedly ran a red light at North Bridge Street and almost caused a crash before making it onto Seney Road.
“As soon as he ran the red light, it became a felony fleeing and eluding, and not just a misdemeanor theft,” Lytle said.
As the officer began to pursue, the suspect ditched his truck, which had the stolen bicycle in the back, off the side of Seney Road around a curve past Scioto Farm Supply and ran into the field. A search effort was organized, and the road was blocked from North Bridge Street to Marietta Road.
At about 9:30 a.m., officers thought he might have escaped the perimeter when the Ross County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible carjacking at U.S. 23 and U.S. 35. The report turned out to be a domestic incident and not a carjacking, Sheriff George Lavender said.
Just before 10 a.m., officers found the shoplifting suspect — Jeffery L. Remy, 48, of Ray — attempting to flee the area along the railroad tracks that cross over Seney Road near North Bridge Street, Lytle said.
Remy has been charged with theft, failure to comply, criminal trespass and driving under suspension.