A man from Robesonia attempted to steal a Berks County sheriff’s vehicle as MPs helped Cumru Township police locate him after an owner reported a confrontation with a drunk and unruly man, said Friday investigators.
James E. Nogowski, 24, was cranking the engine of the Ford Police Interceptor at around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when the foot chase brought MPs back to the Wilson School District Operations Center on Cloister Court in Spring Township, where they parked their vehicle, investigators said.
MPs removed Nogowski from the vehicle before he could leave and he was taken into police custody.
Spring Township police responded and began an investigation.
According to the police:
Officers learned that Nogowski, who was intoxicated, had recently stolen an acquaintance’s car while the owner was on his way to Kidz Paradise, 1340 Wyomissing Court, to have a child.
Nogowski was in the passenger seat before the flight, the owner said.
When the owner returned outside, his car and Nogowski were missing.
The vehicle was later found in the cul-de-sac of West Wyomissing Court, near Route 724. Nogowski, however, has not been found.
He had left on foot and found himself in a confrontation with a landlord in the 400 block of Old Fritztown Road in Cumru Township. The owner called Cumru police while Nogowski ran.
Cumru Police requested Spring Police assistance because the suspect was last seen entering the Springside Manor apartment complex in Spring, across Route 724.
Two deputies in a sheriff’s vehicle heard the call and also responded.
MPs said they saw the suspect running behind the Cloister Court car wash.
As MPs turned to Cloister Court, they saw Nogowski run into a cluster of pine trees. The deputies got out of the patrol car and searched the pines. Nogowski suddenly emerged, ran to the patrol car, jumped in, closed the door, and cranked the engine before the deputies kicked him out.
Nogowski of the 400 block of Lynn Street was taken to Berks County Jail in lieu of $ 5,000 bail to await a hearing after his arraignment Tuesday night before District Judge Eric J. Taylor in Reading Central Short.
Nogowski is charged with theft by illegal taking and attempted theft, concealment, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and related offenses.