EM man arrested in attempted theft at Moline gas station


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Originally Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 9:18 pm
Last Updated: Jan. 25, 2013, 2:55 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

James Paul Ostino, 30, of 4010 6th Ave., East Moline, has been arrested in connection to an attempted theft that ended with a car crashing into the storefront window of a Moline gas station Tuesday evening.

Mr. Ostino appeared Wednesday in Rock Island County Circuit Court and was charged with theft and unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle.

Francisco Villagomez, 21, of Moline, said he was looking to pump air into a tire of his girlfriend's car when he stopped at the gas station at 16th Street and Avenue of the Cities around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.Moments after he got out of his running vehicle, a man jumped into the driver's seat and tried to drive away.

At the scene Tuesday, Mr. Villagomez said he leaped into the car and punched the would-be robber several times. The car rolled forward and crashed into a storefront window, with Mr. Villagomez chasingthe would-be thief and detaining him between two gas pumps until police, alerted by a store clerk, arrived.

Mr. Ostino was arrested at the scene. He remained in the Rock Island County Jail Thursday on a $125,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 29.

The gas station remains open, awaiting replacements for the shattered windows, an attendant said Thursday.

















 




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