Christopher W. Blazer, 28, last known to be living on Pleasant Valley Road, was charged with two first-degree misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property. The property allegedly had been taken from cars about a mile north of where at least a dozen cars had been reported entered between Sunday night and Monday morning.
Blazer was late for his hearing at Chillicothe Municipal Court Tuesday when he was stopped by security when the metal detector alerted, according to a Chillicothe Police report.
A security officer checked Blazer and reported finding a ceramic spark plug in his hoodie, along with a GPS unit still in a box. Knowing that plugs are used to shatter vehicle windows to gain access, the security officer called for police backup.
The GPS was identified as having been reported taken that morning from a vehicle on Cheyenne Drive. A piece of spark plug also allegedly was found in the vehicle. A window had been shattered.
Blazer, who had been taken to the Ross County Jail for an unrelated issue, reportedly told police he had bought the GPS from a friend a month ago.
Police report the unit matched distinguishing details provided by the owner, including having recently been programmed to go to an address in Columbus.
Police report that Blazer’s mother later retrieved his car and was stopped by police on South Paint Street. During the stop, an officer spotted what he believed was a cell phone taken during a break-in of a vehicle on Delaware Drive that morning. Blazer’s mother gave the phone to the officer and permitted police to search the vehicle, according to the report. No other suspected stolen goods were reported found in the vehicle.
Officer Bud Lytle said Blazer is a suspect in other weekend break-ins, but has not been charged in them.
In addition to the charges filed by the police department, Blazer has three pending charges filed by the sheriff’s office in other incidents. Those charges are receiving stolen property and theft from a March 24 incident, and receiving stolen property from a March 20 incident, according to online court records. All three charges are first-degree misdemeanors.