Man arrested in car entries and thefts

By Frank Lewis

October 30, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A Portsmouth man has been arrested in what could possibly be a rash of car vandalism and property theft over the last week. Timothy Evans, 35, who gave an address of 3126 Gallia St., is facing charges of theft, criminal mischief and obstructing official police business, all misdemeanor offenses.

Around 6:55 a.m. Tuesday morning, the New Boston Police Department dispatch received a call from a witness who said they saw a male suspect enter two parked vehicles in the 4200 block of Cedar Street. According to the caller, the male suspect was riding a bicycle. Captain Steve Goins and Sergeant Josh Carver responded to the area.

It was on Oak Street is where Goins said he first observed the suspect riding the bicycle. Goins attempted to stop the suspect, but he rode away on the bike in an attempt to flee. For the next 10 minutes both officers chased the suspect throughout the upper end of New Boston, finally catching up with him on the mall parking lot in the 4000 block of Rhodes Avenue. Goins said the chain on the suspect’s bicycle broke, and he attempted to flee on foot. He was apprehended by Carver.

Through a follow-up investigation Tuesday, Goins said it was found he had entered two cars on Cedar Street and stolen money. He was transported to NBPD for booking and later taken to the Scioto County Jail where he will appear at Municipal Court on Wednesday morning.

The arrest came after a rash of broken car windows and theft of items from many of those cars was reported to Portsmouth and Scioto County authorities. The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office reports on Wednesday, a 2006 Toyota Tacoma and a 2009 GMC Acadia were broken into on Maple Street in Portsmouth. Change was stolen in that entry. A purse, a credit card, and other items were taken after a window was broken on a 2005 Kia Spectra also on Maple Street. Three such entries took place on Rigrish Road in Portsmouth. Change was taken from a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, a 2007 GMC and a 2008 Saturn Outlook. A window was broken on a 1999 Lexus 300 on Aaron Road in Portsmouth, and a gym bag with clothing and an iPod was taken.

Last week Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware reported 31 incidents in the same early morning hours with the same description - windows were broken and items taken out of the vehicles.

Goins said Evans had a lot of other property on him at the time of his arrest and more than likely there are other victims who’s vehicles had been entered overnight. He had over $25 in coins, and other property, including miniature pink boxing gloves that hang from a rear view mirror, a bottle of Curve perfume, Longhorn and Copenhagen snuff, Scentsy Spray air freshener, a pair of Gray Jordan tennis shoes, packs of cigarettes, a black folding knife that has a flag and motorcycle picture on it and a lottery ticket. He also reportedly had a silver and red Mongoose Rebel bicycle, as well as a LG cell phone that appears to belong to a Kathryn Clinton, whom the NBPD cannot contact because her current address is unknown.

It is unknown at this time if Evans is a suspect in all of the vehicle entries in Portsmouth and out in Scioto County over the last several days. NBPD has shared information of the arrest of Evans with detectives from the Portsmouth PD and the Sheriff’s Office. If anyone has information about Evans or any of the listed property, they can call the NBPD at 740-456-4109 and ask to speak with Capt. Goins or leave their information with the police dispatcher.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.