Police: Man huffs neighbor’s propane
WARREN – A Warren man has been charged with breaking and entering and possessing harmful intoxicants after an area resident discovered he had broken into a neighbor’s garage to huff gas from her propane tank.
On Saturday afternoon, officers were dispatched to 1529 Longfellow Court N.E. on reports of a suspicious person. Upon arrival shortly before 3 p.m., officers discovered the man, James R. Thompson, 44, of 4030 Kincaid East Road N.W., Warren, a white male with long hair, a white shirt and blue jeans, in the garage huffing propane out of the resident’s propane tank.
When the officers approached Thompson by walking down the driveway of the residence, he started to run, forcing them to pursue him on foot.
Shortly after the pursuit began, he surrendered without incident, according to the report.
Thompson was holding a pink blanket with a drill bit and allen wrench wrapped inside it, which officers advised him to drop and he did, according to the report.
Thompson was placed under arrest, charged with breaking and entering and possessing harmful intoxicants and transported to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.
However, upon his arrival, medical staff advised that his blood pressure was too high due to him inhaling the gas and he was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he was evaluated, the report states.
Thompson was arraigned Monday in Warren Municipal Court, when his bond was set at $3,500.
He is scheduled to appear for a pretrial July 31 in municipal court.