Police arrest local man accused of breaking into vehicles

Columbus police have arrested a local man accused of taking items from several vehicles in the 25th Street area on Sunday night.

At about 10:45 p.m. Sunday, officers were sent to the 2500 block of 25th Street about a suspicious person who fled from the area on a bicycle. Witnesses said someone had entered several vehicles in the area and taken items, including a backpack stolen from a truck. The backpack was located a short time later and contained stolen stereo equipment as well as a driver’s license that didn’t belong to the victim, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers then saw Christopher D. Battin, 30, Columbus, riding a bicycle near 22nd Street and Keller Avenue, Harris said. Officers confirmed the driver’s license found in the stolen backpack belonged to Battin, Harris said. A witness also identified Battin as the man he saw inside a vehicle on 25th Street who had fled on the bicycle.

Witnesses also said Battin was wearing a coat and shoes that were stolen from them, Harris said.

Battin was arrested on charges of four counts of theft, four counts of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of heroin, Harris said.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.