From headphones to heroin: Shoplifting case becomes drug bust

A local man was arrested on drug-possession charges after he was accused of stealing a set of headphones from a Columbus store.

Columbus police officers were sent to the 700 block of Whitfield Drive at 4:30 p.m. Sunday about a man attempting to steal headphones.

Layne M. Schwartz, 26, of 3475 Carr Hill Road, was observed trying to hide behind a vehicle in the store parking lot, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

When officers found Schwartz, he refused to remove one hand from his pants pockets, Harris said. Schwartz was arrested and officers determined there was a valid trespass warning that the store had initiated against him, he said.

Officers recovered the stolen headphones from Schwartz and also located heroin and methamphetamine in his wallet and pants pockets, Harris said.

Schwartz was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine, theft and trespassing, Harris said.

He was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $125,000 bond, jail officials said.

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