Alleged car thief nabbed in Summit County |

Alleged car thief nabbed in Summit County

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

Summit County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three men recently in connection with a car theft in Des Moines, Iowa, the night before, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities stopped the Pontiac Grand Prix July 19 at a gas station near Farmer’s Korner at 11 p.m. after running the license plate and finding the vehicle was listed as stolen.

A local man, who was never charged in the theft, was driving the vehicle and told deputies he had met up with the three other men earlier that evening and intended to camp with them that night.

The group started to set up camp on Swan Mountain Road, but eventually decided to relocate to another site near Tiger Run Road. The local man offered to drive because the others had been drinking. It was on their way to find another campsite that authorities stopped the car.

They found marijuana and drug paraphernalia on the driver.

The other three men in the vehicle, who initially claimed the car was a friend’s, were charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft. The local man was not charged in the theft, based on his statement to police, but he faced charges of driving under suspension, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A man who says he is the owner of the vehicle said it was stolen from his home in Des Moines, Iowa.

Two inmates of the Summit County jail got into a fight last week after one inmate was rude enough to lay down three cards instead of one in a game of spades, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Deputies arrived in time to find the two men yelling profanities at one another and, after separating the two, were informed by one of the inmates that “this is what happens when you keep people locked up like animals!”

The fight started in “C” pod, where several prisoners were playing cards. One of the inmates, much to the annoyance of another inmate, laid down three cards instead of just one and was consequently told he didn’t, “need to be such a (jerk).”

The annoying three-card dropping inmate reportedly responded by telling the other to “quit running his mouth like a little punk.”

Then both started screaming at each other and got “chest to chest” according to the report. They continued trading profanities until the one who laid down three cards put his hands around his opponent’s neck and pushed up like he was trying to lift him off the floor.

Further investigation revealed he left red scratch marks on the other man’s neck, according to the report.

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