Shoplifting complaint leads to drug arrest charges

Columbus police arrested a suspected shoplifter on drug-related charges after he fled from officers.

Elijah J. Ferril, 27, 1902 Caldwell St., Columbus, was arrested on charges of theft, resisting law enforcement, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Police were called to the 700 block of Whitfield Drive about a theft in progress at about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, Harris said.

Ferril is accused of wrapping his sweatshirt around a pair of speakers and was attempting to exit a store without paying, Harris said.

He fled on foot when confronted by officers and store security and was arrested a short time later, Harris said. Officers found a spoon with heroin residue on it on him before transporting him to the Bartholomew County Jail, Harris said.

Ferril was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting $20,000 bond, jail officials said.

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