A Hutchinson man has been charged after police caught him with stolen tools early Wednesday morning.
Police say 35-year-old Jason Allen Nelms has been charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property and one count of fleeing a police officer of foot.
Authorities say at about 1:30am, a Hutchinson Patrol Officer saw Nelms walking in the 1000 Block of South Grade Road carrying boxes of what appeared to be new tools.
When the officer called to Nelms, he put the boxes down and ran into a nearby apartment building and left through a rear door. The officer gave chase and ultimately followed the suspects footprints in the snow and found him behind a shed.
Nelms was arrested and taken to the McLeod County Jail.
Later in the morning, a resident in the 600 Block of Graham Street reported that the tools had been stolen from his work truck. The tools are valued at over $1,000.