Batesville man arrested for theft after hatchet found in his pants

A Batesville man was arrested for theft after being accused of taking knives and a hatchet from a west-side store, and concealing the hatchet in his pants.

Columbus Police Sgt. Ben Goodin was sent to Menards, 2351 Merchants Mile, about a man in the store stealing knives at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When the man, identified as Richard L. Peetz, 44, left the store, he refused to stop for store security and walked toward the parking lot with his hands in his jacket pockets, Harris said.

Goodin told Peetz several times to remove his hands from his pockets, but he only removed his left hand, Harris said. After telling him several more times to remove his right hand, Goodin used his taser to stop Peetz, who kneeled over, Harris said. Officers then saw a large hatchet sticking out of the back of his pants, Harris said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s Republic.