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'Bubble gum bandit' pleads guilty to 10 counts

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The man dubbed "bubble gum bandit" by Columbus Police entered a guilty plea Thursday morning in Recorder's Court.

Thirty-five-year-old Tyrone Love is accused of taking gumball machines from at least 25 of the 30 businesses by smashing in windows and glass doors. Police say these burglaries left behind damages totaling thousands in dollars.

Love pled guilty to 10 counts of burglary and a judge issued a $10,000 bond on each charge-- a total of $100,000.

It is also believed that Love made his way to Phenix City, AL during the gumball burglary spree. [Click here to read more]

Meanwhile, Columbus Police want to thank the public and the news media for assisting in Love's arrest.

Court records indicate in 2006 Love pled guilty and was sentenced to probation for financial card fraud at a Columbus Summit gas station.  In addition, documents indicate he pled guilty to five counts of forgery and in 2007, was sentenced to 10 years -- 2 of which he served behind bars. And in 2009, records show he pled guilty to shoplifting and giving false information to police.


The alleged burglaries occurred at the following locations:

Capital Materials -- Blanchard Blvd.
Waggoners Trucking Co. -- Blanchard Blvd.
Piggly Wiggly -- South Lumpkin Road
Lewis Jones  -- 13th Street
Green Finance -- Henry Ave.
Golden Chopsticks -- St. Mary's Road
Georgia E-Fast Tax -- Buena Vista Road
Serving Spoon -- Buena Vista Road
Reflections Hair Designs -- Buena Vista Road
CiCi's Pizza -- Auburn Ave.
CiCi's Pizza -- Whittlesey Road
Elegant Nails -- Milgen Road
El Carrizo's -- Macon Road
China Cafe -- Macon Road
Southeastern Beauty School -- North Lumpkin Road
Ryan's Steakhouse -- Manchester Expressway
Covington Credit -- Wynnton Road
World Finance -- Buena Vista Road
China Cook -- Buena Vista Road
Simple Southern -- 10th Ave.
Labor Finders -- Henry Ave.
Ebony's Hair Design -- South Lumpkin Road
Saul Dermer DDS -- Wynnton Court
Buck Law Offices -- Wynnton Road
Boys and Girls Club -- Morris Road



News Leader 9 is following this developing story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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