The alleged theft of scrap metal Monday afternoon ended with the arrest of the man who had called to alert police.
A man called in a report to police about noon Monday about a theft in progress at 1006 N. 19th St., police said. Police were told that the reporting party had been called by a neighbor and told that two men and two women were at O’Brien Typesetting & Printing removing scrap metal from the property, police said.
The caller described the individuals and the minivan they were in, police said. The man told police that scrap metal theft had been an ongoing problem.
The police blotter said initial response to the call was delayed “due to availability of officers.”
About six minutes after the first call, the same man again contacted police and said the minivan was leaving the area and that the driver tried to run him over. He also said he had shot at the vehicle, hitting the rear tires. The priority for the call was reclassified and officers were immediately dispatched to the area.
A neighbor said he heard a pop and saw a man with a shotgun pointed at a minivan.
“I saw him shoot the tire out,” said Tim Landrum Jr. “I didn’t see the initial confrontation, but I saw the ending.”
He said he did not know who owned the land but has frequently seen people quickly told to leave when coming onto the property.
Officers found the man who had called in the incident and his vehicle, as well as the vehicle in the suspected theft, behind a business in the 700 block of North 19th Street.
Glenn O’Brien was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and unlawful discharge of a firearm, police said.
Police said later Monday that the incident and alleged theft were still being investigated, as are other unrelated cases. O’Brien was the only person arrested as of Monday evening, police said.
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