Area resident helps police make arrest

The Columbus Police Department credits an observant local resident with helping officers catch an individual they say burglarized Harold’s Car Wash.

Police were called about 4:20 a.m. Sunday to the car wash in the 2700 block of Brentwood Drive by an observer who reported a suspicious vehicle in one of the wash bays, said Sgt. Matt Harris, police department spokesman.

As Lt. Jeff Williams approached, a man wearing dark clothing left the building and refused to stop when Williams ordered him to do so.

Williams pursued him on foot across the Rural King parking lot and onto Middle Road, where he caught the man near U.S. 31, Harris said.

The man was identified as Arnold Wesley Harrison, 50, 311 Hege Ave., who is being held on preliminary charges of burglary and resisting law enforcement, Harris said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.