University Police Recover About $6,000 Worth of Stolen Property

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University Police officers arrested an 18-year-old Friday morning and recovered a truckload of stolen goods believed to be tied to a string of burglaries.

University Police arrested Christopher Oaks, of 4226 University Ave., on nine counts of burglary, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a drug-related object.

stolen goodsAdditional charges are possible as the investigation continues, University Police Chief Rus Drew said.

Officers zeroed in on Oaks, who is not a CSU student, based on information from witnesses in several recent burglaries on campus. That information led police to Oaks’ off-campus apartment early Friday morning.

Among the items recovered:

  • Three flat-screen televisions
  • A computer
  • Sawed-off shotgun
  • $576 in cash
  • More than two dozen baggies of marijuana
  • Stereo equipment
  • Video games and movies
  • Shoes and clothes

“This arrest is the end result of great collaboration between University Police and our students,” Drew said. “We will now be working to identify what’s here and who it belongs to, so we can return each item to its rightful owner.”

He estimated the recovered property to be valued at about $6,000. Oaks was arrested without incident and booked into the Muscogee County Jail.



University Police display illegal goods, property believed to be stolen.