Staff Writer

BLUFFTON — Two rural Bluffton residents were arrested early Tuesday after Findlay police pursued them following an alleged theft from Walmart.

Kaleb M. Redman, 22, and Michelle L. Snyder, 39, fled south on Interstate 75 after police responded to a reported theft at the Trenton Avenue Walmart around 2:40 a.m., police said.

The two allegedly took a “whole bunch of miscellaneous stuff” worth a little more than $300, according to police Lt. Jim Mathias.

An officer tried to stop them on Interstate 75 near West Main Cross Street, but they continued southbound, police reported. Redman and Snyder were eventually arrested at a house east of Bluffton.

The two were living at 2758 Ohio 103, Bluffton, and were arrested there, Mathias said.

Snyder was arrested at the car, while Redman ran behind a barn and through a bean field at the residence before police apprehended him.

Both were taken to the Hancock County jail.

Snyder is charged with petty theft and falsification, according to police. She initially gave police a false name, Mathias said.

Snyder was also arrested on a Findlay Municipal Court warrant. She is charged through that court with driving under a suspended, revoked or restricted license.

Hancock County Common Pleas Court also had a warrant out for her arrest for an alleged violation of community control sanctions. She pleaded guilty in November 2017 to aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), both fourth-degree felonies.

Redman, the driver, is charged with petty theft and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

He also has a suspended license, Mathias said.

Nobody was injured during the pursuit.

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