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Police: Homeowner chases Marion man caught stealing from her garage

Suspect later arrested riding stolen bicycle

Jeffrey T. Spencer
Jeffrey T. Spencer

MARION — A Marion man was arrested over the weekend after police said he was caught taking items from a woman’s attached garage.

According to a criminal complaint, the woman caught Jeffrey T. Spencer, 49, attempting to steal a bicycle from her attached garage around 3 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of 10th Avenue in Marion. The bicycle was suspended from the garage’s ceiling.

Police said the woman chased Spencer from her property, and he dropped some of the stolen items as he fled. Police said investigators found no evidence of forced entry, and the woman and Spencer did not know each other.

Items taken included an air mattress, a knife and a bag, police said.

Spencer later was caught in the 300 block of 10th Street when officers found him riding a bicycle that had been stolen from a storage unit at 13th Street and Second Avenue in Marion, the complaint states. Police said the storage unit had been left unlocked.

Spencer faces charges of second- and third-degree burglary, both felonies.

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