Columbus burglary leads to 2 arrests

Two people, one of them a 16-year-old, were arrested after a burglary was reported in the 1600 block of Union Street.

Columbus police officers were sent to the location at 11:50 a.m. Monday about a burglary with a weapon, and spoke to a homeowner who said he caught two people who broke into his detached garage, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The pair were taking the homeowner’s property, including a 60-inch television, and placing it in their vehicle, the homeowner said.

During the confrontation, the juvenile took a handgun from the pair’s vehicle, cocked the weapon and threatened to shoot the homeowner, Harris said. The pair then fled the area.

At about 5:20 p.m. Monday, officers went to the 700 block of California Street after receiving a tip on the vehicle’s whereabouts, Harris said. Officers found the juvenile as well as the other individual, identified as Mary L. Snyder, 19, 1443 Lafayette Ave., Harris said.

Both were arrested and the stolen property, including the television, were recovered and returned to the victim, Harris said. Officers also recovered the weapon, which turned out to be a BB gun.

Snyder was arrested on preliminary charges of felony burglary while armed with a deadly weapon and felony theft, Harris said. She is being held on $107,500 bond, jail officials said.

The juvenile was taken to the Bartholomew County Youth Detention Center on preliminary charges of felony burglary while armed with a deadly weapon, intimidation with a deadly weapon and theft, Harris said.

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