Suspected car thief arrested after 15-hour joyride, police chase


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A West Columbus woman is back behind the wheel of her Kia after a thief stole her car while it was warming up outside of her home in November.

Darlene Wolford says she left her car running, but took the key fob with her, which she says is supposed to keep the Kia locked. Instead, it was quickly stolen from in front of her west Columbus home.

A West Columbus woman is back behind the wheel of her Kia, after a thief stole her car from outside of her home in November (WSYX/WTTE)

"I locked the door, turned, and the car was gone, (in) less than a minute," said Wolford.

The joyride ended 15 hours later, when Michael C. Ross , 46, was arrested and charged with grand theft auto. Columbus Police say Ross was arrested after officers saw the man run from the car after a 10-minute pursuit.

A West Columbus woman is back behind the wheel of her Kia, after a thief stole her car from outside of her home in November (WSYX/WTTE)

"He's a cry baby, he didn't think about that (getting arrested) when he jumped in the car and took off," said Wolford.

Ross was indicted by a Franklin County Grand jury late November and charged with additional charges including failure to control and obstruction of justice.

Ross, who is now out on bond, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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