CSU Police Arrest Three After Downtown Car Break-Ins

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University police arrested three teens Wednesday night after cameras spotted a group of youths breaking into cars downtown.

WC Bradley security officers, who had turned their outside cameras more toward parking lots to help watch for break-ins near CSU buildings, called CSU Police at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Cpl. Jason Wade responded from CSUs downtown police office and saw five young males getting into a Ford Explorer near the end of 10th Avenue. Wade blocked the vehicle, drew his weapon and ordered all five to show their hands. Two people in the group jumped out of the car and ran.

With help from WC Bradley security officers and backup CSU police, Wade handcuffed the remaining three individuals. While officers reviewed the security camera video, owners of two nearby vehicles approached Wade notifying him that both their vehicles had broken windows. In one case, a purse was missing, and the purse was recovered from inside the Ford Explorer.

Arrested were two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old from Phenix City. Each was charged with two counts of entering an automobile.

CSU Police Chief Rus Drew credited the work of his officers, as well as the assistance from WC Bradley Company.

We believe these individuals will likely have more charges against them from other similar cases that have been reported in the area, Drew said.