Suspected thief flees from officer

Ruston Police arrested a Denham Springs man Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to steal money from a charity box and then fled when spotted by police.

About 9:00 p.m. Wednesday officers responded to the Tech Drive Subway regarding an attempted theft. Employees said a man took a collection box for donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Subway staff confronted the man as he left the restaurant, and he returned the box.

The man was pointed out as he left the restaurant and an officer attempted to stop him nearby. The suspect refused to stop, threw down a cigarette pack, and fled behind the Super 8 Motel.

Robert Schley, 52, was apprehended and a small bag of suspected methamphetamine was found in his left sock. The cigarette pack recovered contained suspected marijuana.

Schley was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, resisting an officer, and theft of property valued less than $1,000.

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