BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A morning foot chase has resulted in one arrest and another suspect being sought in connection with a theft from a local auto service station.
According to Fort Madison Police Chief Tim Sittig, police were alerted to a theft in progress at BJs Performance in the 2500 block of Avenue L.
Sittig said when police arrived, two suspects ran into the wooded area around the railroad tracks south of the building where one male was apprehended and another suspect was able to elude officers.
Officers were led to some auto parts and batteries that Sittig said appear to have been taken over a period of time.
Police arrested Johnathon Horn of Fort Madison and released him after charging him with fifth-degree theft, which is the lowest theft class.
Sittig said he thinks the parts were being sold for scrap and for cores.
“Two subjects appear to have been taking car parts,” Sittig said. “We identified and located one of the two. The second subject hasn’t been identified, but we don’t believe that person to be a threat to the community. The guy we caught just ran out of gas.”
“They were taking old exhaust pieces and batteries and I think they were doing it a little at a time for scrap and cores.”
Originally, there were four officers involved in the hunt for the two suspects and then a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy assisted.