A North Vernon man has been arrested in the theft of educational video games from two Columbus stores.
Jason S. Feaster, 28, North Vernon was being held Thursday at Bartholomew County Jail on two preliminary counts of theft.
Police alleged that Feaster stole at least 25 LeapFrog LeapPad1 Explorers, hand-held educational game systems intended for ages 3 to 9, Wednesday before being arrested in North Vernon.
Columbus Police Department officer John Vetten responded to a complaint about 9:30 p.m. at Target, 1865 N. National Road.
A witness reported a man had run off with 12 of the game systems valued at $79.99 each.
Within an hour, CPD received a similar call from Walmart, 2025 Merchant Mile, complaining of a man taking at least 15 LeapFrog systems.
The thief nearly struck a Walmart employee with his car while fleeing, according to CPD reports.
Witnesses got a description of the getaway car and its license plate number.
Video surveillance also helped the CPD get the vehicle owner’s address.
“Both stores had good working surveillance,” said Lt. Matt Myers, police department spokesman. “They were able to provide a good description quickly.”
The North Vernon Police Department located Feaster in a North Vernon home and found stolen merchandise.
CPD detective Brian Plummer and police officer John Littrell arrested Feaster in North Vernon.
Feaster is being held on $20,000 bond.