By Frank Lewis
New Boston Police have recovered two stolen vehicles from other parts of the country, and made several arrests over the last several days.
In the early morning hours (12:38 a.m.) Sunday, officer Justin Bittinger said he observed a Ford Taurus commit a traffic violation, and upon checking the license plate number on that vehicle through the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) it showed the vehicle had been reported by the Bellville Police Department as stolen from Richland County, Ohio, just about four hours earlier. Bittinger, with the assistance of Sgt. Josh Carver, stopped the vehicle and found the driver to be Jamie Figueroa, 22, of Ashtabula, Ohio. Figueroa was arrested for receiving stolen property a felony in the fourth-degree. Figueroa was transported to the New Boston Police Department for processing and later taken to the Scioto County Jail.
According to the Bellville Police Department, the driver of the Ford Taurus was at their McDonald’s Restaurant and had gone into the restaurant and had left the vehicle running. They said when the driver came out, the vehicle was gone. Figueroa indicated to officers that he had taken the vehicle from the McDonald’s parking lot and was en route to Ashland, Ky.
Then at around 4:59 p.m. Tuesday, officer Jeff Mullins observed a Hyundai Accent with Nevada tags parked in the fire lane at Walmart. The tag was checked through NCIC and it showed that vehicle had been entered as stolen on Nov. 15, 2013, out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Officers kept the vehicle under surveillance and noticed a male and female had been entering and exiting Walmart several times.
Officers said they contacted Walmart loss prevention officers about the subjects and the vehicle and was advised the female and male had shoplifted items from the store. Mullins, with assistance from Carver and Bittinger, said they observed the vehicle drive away from Walmart. Officers said they stopped the vehicle. Roger Schnebelt, 24, of Georgetown, Ohio, was arrested and charged with shoplifting. Teresa Tomlin, 43, of Wurtland, Ky., was arrested for shoplifting, a misdemeanor in the first-degree and receiving stolen vehicle, a felony in the fourth-degree. Both suspects were taken to NBPD for processing and Schnebelt was released on bond pending a court appearance in New Boston Mayor’s Court. Tomlin was taken to the Scioto County Jail pending her appearance at Municipal Court.
According to the Las Vegas Police Department, Tomlin had rented the Hyundai from a company called EZ Rent A Car on Nov. 15, 2013, and had failed to return the vehicle when required.
“Our guys are pretty observant out there, and you just don’t know what you will run into when you run someone’s tag or see a traffic violation committed,” New Boston Police Captain Steve Goins said. “You can come up with a stolen vehicle as these two (officers) did; you could come up with a wanted person, or anything serious. You just never know what they’re going to get into out there. We were able to make arrests out of both of them, and get the vehicles back to the rightful owners.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.