Man found with stolen truck while pumping gas

UNITY – A man in a stolen pickup was taken into custody after he was spotted gassing up at the Vittle Village Tuesday afternoon.

Columbiana County sheriff’s deputies were searching for the man after he was allegedly seen stealing scrap from the farm of Keith Baker.

Baker called 9-1-1 at about 12:30 p.m. to say he was chasing a man he knows, Alex Cook, across state Route 558.

Detective Sgt. Jeff Haugh checked the area for the described pickup Cook was reportedly driving and found it parked at the gas pumps at the Vittle Village in Unity with Cook pumping the gas.

When questioned Cook denied having anything to do with the scrap. Haugh also repeatedly asked Cook whose truck he was driving, but he refused to say anything except that a friend had loaned it to him, Haugh said.

Police from East Palestine and New Waterford arrived to back up Haugh and Cook was taken into custody on a warrant.

The pickup’s owner, Bobby Blair, Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool, had reported it stolen from the Dunham’s plaza in Calcutta on Saturday. A loaded BB pistol reportedly found in the glove box was taken into evidence.

Cook, 19, last known address 5623 Millrock, Rogers, was charged with receiving stolen property for the pickup. Blair confirmed he was not the owner of the BB pistol, but noted there should have been $1,500 worth of tools in the cab of the truck and in the bed. Two tool boxes were found, along with a Mikita saw.