(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — An Ohio man has been arrested in Erie after allegedly stealing a work van, placing a child inside a dumpster and illegally possessing firearms.
Millcreek Police report Nicholas Rosnack, 38, of Painesville, Ohio, allegedly stole a white Chevy work van from the 1800 block of Pittsburgh Ave. in Erie.
Millcreek Police were called to the 2600 block of West 12th Street Tuesday for reports of a suspicious vehicle parked behind a business. Upon arrival, officers located the stolen work van.
Police report witnesses in the area saw a man and a young child exiting the van. Witness also said they saw the man place the child in a dumpster behind a building. The man and child were then seen walking together in a wooded area north of West 12th Street.
Officers later located Rosnack while he was pushing the child in an alleged stolen wheelbarrow. He was also found in possession of a 9mm handgun and a 9mm rifle. Based on Rosnack’s criminal history, he was not permitted to possess a firearm. He is also accused of stealing items, including the wheelbarrow, out of a garage on Filmore Ave.
Rosnack is being charged with the following:
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Persons not to Possess Firearms
- Carrying a Firearm without a License
- Theft by Unlawful Taking
- Receiving Stolen Property
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He was arraigned and is in the Erie County Prison on a $150,000 cash bond.