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Columbus man faces burglary, drug charges


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eighbors who called police about someone trespassing in Country Squire Lakes in Jennings County did not realize they were interrupting a burglary, according to Indiana State Police.

Police arrested Brian L. Bay, 43, of Columbus, on preliminary charges of Class B felony burglary, Class D felony residential entry, Class D felony possession of a syringe and Class D felony possession of a legend drug.

The Jennings County Sheriff’s dispatch received a 911 call from the neighbors at 12:55 p.m. Friday about a man trespassing in the 300 block of Honey Locust Drive in Country Squire Lakes. The caller reported a strange vehicle parked in her neighbor’s driveway and that the doors were open to the trailer.

The man was observed rummaging through drawers in the trailer and when confronted by neighbors, claimed the trailer belonged to his mother who had just passed away. The neighbor told police she knew this was false and called 911.

When the suspect attempted to leave, his 1999 Buick was blocked in by other neighbors, according to Indiana State Police. State police and Jennings County Sheriff deputies stopped the man as he attempted to drive away.

An ISP canine alerted police to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. Police said they found three syringes, a bottle of pills and stolen gasoline in the vehicle.

The homeowner arrived at the scene and identified the pill bottle and the gas can as having been stolen from his property.

Bay is being held in the Jennings County Jail on $4,055 bond.

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