Columbus police catch thieves involved in more than 200 burglari - WRBL

Columbus police catch thieves involved in more than 200 burglaries

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Sgt. Weatherford Sgt. Weatherford
COLUMBUS, GA - Columbus police say they have had an outstanding run of catching burglars over the last few months.

They say the crime rate on property crimes in Columbus has dropped drastically.

Columbus police say they have had great success catching burglars. They want citizens in Columbus to know how important it is to contact them if you see someone breaking into homes and cars.

Columbus police say they have caught 34 suspects and cleared more than 448 burglary cases over the last five months.

"And that is a low ball number. It is going to be higher than that," said Sgt. Joe Weatherford with Columbus police.

Most of the suspects are responsible for more than one burglary, for instance, in the church vandalism cases in south Columbus two weeks ago, one man smashed windows in six churches. But, police say they have caught a suspect in a separate case who has been involved in many more burglaries than that.

"This suspect here has been linked to more than two hundred residential burglaries over the last several years. We are still working this case. We are not releasing any information on this person at this time," Weatherford said.

But, police are saying that the burglaries all happened on the same side of Columbus.

“This is going to be an extensive hit. Hopefully, it is going to deter and stop any other crimes in that area. It was all on the east end. They're far east end residential burglaries," said Weatherford.

Weatherford says an eyewitness and a lineup lead to the arrest of the burglar. He mentioned more cases.

In one, a man named Christopher McBride was claiming to be a home inspector on Henson Avenue. The home was for sale and the real estate agent found McBride trying to steal the stove.

Police want your help in determining if McBride has been involved in any more burglaries. They say eye witnesses play a huge role in catching thieves.

“We got them in jail. But, basically, we don't know what happens from there as far as how long they stay,” said Weatherford.

Sergeant Weatherford also mentioned a case where a group from east highland who calls themselves the Taliban is facing a criminal felony gang charge for stealing guns, televisions, and drugs. They were arrested at the Econo Lodge on Victory Drive in December.

Columbus police say they have recouped more than $100,000 worth of stolen items in the burglaries over the last five months.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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