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Man who fled in cuffs at large, faces theft count

A 21-year-old man who ran from police while handcuffed has so far eluded arrest, and he now faces charges of not only resisting law enforcement and escape but also theft because the handcuffs weren’t his, according to court papers.

The handcuffs belonged to one of two Allen County police officers who were trying to arrest Curtis Thomas Jr.

On April 16, the officers went to Thomas’ home on Fox Avenue, near West Creighton Avenue to serve him with warrants for misdemeanor marijuana possession and felony possession of drug paraphernalia, court papers filed Tuesday stated.

Thomas’ mother let the officers in, and they found Thomas in a basement crawlspace.

The officers handcuffed him behind his back and took him outside.

Before reaching the officers’ police cruiser, Thomas started running north on Fox Avenue, still handcuffed.

The officers ordered him to stop, but he kept running, and they were not able to catch him, court papers said.

Thomas, of the 2300 block of Fox Avenue, remained at large Tuesday evening.