Crime-busting boat buyer

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DEC. 20 -- While looking at a boat for sale last Friday, a Virginia man helped in the arrest of a suspected burglar.

The man, from Spotsylvania, saw a boat for sale in a driveway at about 7:45 p.m. and decided to take a look, Virginia’s Free Lance-Star newspaper reported. When the man pulled into the driveway said he noticed that the front door of the house was open.

Suspecting something was wrong, the man, who was not identified in the report, called his wife and told her to call the police, the report says. While he was on the phone, he saw a man wearing dark pants and a black hooded sweatshirt exit the house.

Police found the suspected burglar, 35-year-old Marlow W. Ross, of Altoona, Pa., about a block away, according to the report. After police determined Ross’ identity and found that he was wanted on two felony fraud charges, Ross apparently attempted to escape. A police dog later found Ross hiding under a vehicle.

Ross was charged with escape by force, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, burglary, trespassing and malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, the report says. He was taken to an area jail where he was being held without bail.

Jason Fell