Accused Thief Nabbed During Search Of Olentangy River

[B' Spokes: Wow, they take steeling bikes seriously in Columbus, Ohio]
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man accused of trying to steal a bicycle from the Ohio State campus allegedly tried to use mace on a safety officer before jumping into the Olentangy River in an attempt to elude authorities.

The ordeal began at about 12:30 a.m., when two safety officers spotted a man trying to steal a bike from a dorm.

As the officers approached the man, he allegedly sprayed mace at them and fled, Ramos reported.

The man eventually jumped into the Olentangy River.

After an hour of searching with dogs and boats, authorities located the man in a wooded area near Cannon Drive, Ramos reported.

He was taken into custody and charged with theft. Additional charges were possible, police said.

The man's identity was not released by police.

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