Columbus police arrest man accused of breaking into vehicles

A witness who provided a description of a person breaking into vehicles on 25th Street helped lead to an arrest.

Columbus police arrested Christopher D. Battin, 30, 2134 Caldwell Place, on charges of four counts of theft, four counts of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of heroin, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers were sent to the 2500 block of 25th Street at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday about a suspicious person who fled 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, Harris said. A witness also provided a description of the individual seen breaking into the vehicles.

Officers then saw Battin 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.

When searching Battin, officers found additional suspected stolen property as well as a small amount of heroin, Harris said.

Battin is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail without 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.