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Arrest Following Bike Chase

Todd PittengerMay 18, 2021

A man suspected of stealing a bicycle from the Salina Walmart store was caught after allegedly later entering a garage and leading a chase.

Police say at 4:40 PM officers were sent to Walmart, 2900 S. 9th for a theft of a bicycle.   It was reported a white male wearing a brown shirt, blue jeans, and a camouflage jacket, got on a green and black bicycle and rode it out of the store without paying. The bike was valued at $580.

Officers were then sent to #68 Wildcat Circle to a burglary in progress.  The victim and his family were inside the home when they saw a white male wearing blue jeans and a tan shirt walking into their garage.  The suspect exited and ran from the property carrying a green and black bicycle.  He ran up onto the nearby levy trail and continued north.

A witness identified the suspect as 38-year-old Joshua Swisher from Salina.

An off duty officer spotted Swisher a short time later in the 100 block of S. Kansas riding the bike.  Officers responded and found him in a backyard at 123 S. Kansas where he was arrested.

Swisher was booked into jail on multiple charges which could include theft, 3 counts of trespassing, and interference with a law enforcement officer.

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