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Alleged car thief arrested in Ohio

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police in Ohio have arrested a man who allegedly stole a car in Elkview Tuesday.

Cpl. Bryan Humphreys of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said Anthony Konopinski, 21, of Seville, Ohio, was arrested by officers with the Brooklyn Heights Police Department in Ohio late Tuesday. A spokeswoman with the Brooklyn Heights Police Department confirmed the arrest.

Konopinski allegedly stole a 2001 Nissan Sentra from the Kroger fuel center in Elkview around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday when the car's elderly owner was at the cashier's window.

Humphreys said police near Cleveland, Ohio, spotted Konopinski, still allegedly driving the stolen car, late Tuesday and took up chase. Konopinski got away, but apparently damaged the car during the chase, because Brooklyn Heights police got a call a short time later to check on a disabled vehicle.

Humphreys said they discovered Konopinski, who gave them a false name. He tried to run away on foot but was caught and arrested. Officers allegedly found prescription drugs on Konopinski, Humphreys said.

Konopinski was charged with receiving stolen property, felony drug possession, falsification and resisting arrest, Humphreys said. He was also wanted for several other crimes in Ohio, and faces charges in connection with the alleged car theft in Kanawha County, and is wanted in Logan County, as well. Humphreys did not know when or if Konopinski will be extradited back to West Virginia.


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