Suspect arrested after early morning burglary in Columbus
Published: Jan. 18, 2023 at 4:27 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 18, 2023 at 4:31 PM EST
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Columbus police have made an arrest in an early morning burglary in Columbus.
On Tuesday, January 17, around 4:00 a.m., officers responded to an alarm at the Family Dollar located on the 2100 block of Buena Vista Road.
Responding officers found the door pried open to the business. Police located a suspect inside the store attempting to steal cigarettes. The suspect spotted the officers and ran through the store - attempting to hide behind several cases of water. The suspect, 57-year-old Melvin James, was arrested without incident.
James was charged with the following:
- Possession of burglary tools
- Criminal damage to property 2nd degree
- Obstruction of a law enforcement officer
James is scheduled to appear in Recorder’s Court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, January 19, at 8:00 a.m.
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