Columbus man receives 15 charges in six theft, burglary cases

Columbus man receives 15 charges in six theft, burglary cases
Steven Welch, facing 15 charges in multiple thefts (Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A Columbus man is being charged in connection to half a dozen theft and burglary cases.

Police say that Steven Welch, 51, was involved in multiple property crimes and thefts between Sept. 8 and Oct. 19.

On Sept. 8, a burglary was reported at a S. Lumpkin Rd. food mart in which $135 of tobacco products were stolen.

On Sept. 22, $1,000 of assorted lawn equipment was stolen from a vehicle in the parking lot of a Veterans Pkwy. business.

On Sept. 28, a felony theft was reported at a construction site on River Rd. when assorted power tools were stolen with an estimated total of $3,950.

On Oct. 4, a felony theft was reported after an estimated $2,300 of furniture was stolen from a trailer in front of a residence on Peacock Ave.

On Oct. 19, a felony theft was reported after power tools totaling an estimated $4,459 were stolen from a trailer in the parking lot of a Veterans Pkwy. business.

Also on Oct. 19, a burglary was reported at a Victory Dr. convenience store in which $100-$150 of store supplies was stolen.

Welch was arrested on Oct. 22 and charged with:

  • One count of burglary (felony)
  • Four counts of theft by taking (felony)
  • Two counts criminal trespass
  • One count of theft by shoplifting
  • One count of possession of drug related objects
  • Two counts of driving while license suspended
  • Two counts of no proof of insurance
  • Two counts of no state tag

Police say more charges are pending.

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