Two arrested on charge of auto theft

Columbus police arrested two local residents on charges of auto theft after an officer spotted a stolen vehicle in the 1300 block of Sycamore Street.

Columbus Police Officer Frank Dickman saw the minivan at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday and confirmed it had been reported stolen Dec. 8 from a downtown Columbus residence, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

As officers looked for witnesses, they spoke with Brandon A. Kincheloe, 23, Columbus, at a residence in the 1300 block of Sycamore Street, Harris said.

Kincheloe, who did not give officers a street address, said he and his girlfriend — Mary L. Snyder, 18, 1443 Lafayette Ave. — found the vehicle with the keys in it and drove it to Sycamore Street, Harris said.

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Officers later located Snyder at a home in the 1400 block of Lafayette Avenue, where she was arrested, Harris said. The keys to the stolen minivan also were recovered.

Kincheloe was arrested on a preliminary charge of auto theft and taken to the Bartholomew County Jail where he is being held on a 48-hour hold, jail officials said.

When Snyder was arrested, officers found a small bag of methamphetamine in her pants pocket, Harris said. In addition to a preliminary charge of auto theft, she was also charged with possession of methamphetamine, Harris said.

Jail officials said she has been released from the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

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