Police on Tuesday arrested a 33-year-old Columbus man with a criminal history in north Columbus.
Phillip Ramsey, 33, 5141 Montpelier Court, was being held Wednesday at the Bartholomew County Jail on a preliminary felony charge of possession of methamphetamine. The arrest marked Ramsey’s second in a month and eighth in two years, Columbus Police Department spokesman Matt Myers said.
“We continue to deal with him,” Myers said. “It costs taxpayers money every time we deal with him. ... He doesn’t seem to get it.”
The Columbus Police Department received a call about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday regarding a suspicious person riding a bicycle and carrying a backpack with what looked to be bolt-cutters. Ramsey, who’d been arrested for theft Sept. 28, was stopped by police in the Ivy Tech Community College parking lot, 4475 Central Ave., a few minutes later.
“We’ve seen a lot of vehicle thefts in the area,” Myers said. “For someone from the community to notice the backpack, notice the bolt-cutters and contact us immediately with a detailed description, we were able to get up there in a timely manner.”
After identifying the suspect, police discovered Ramsey was wanted on a Bartholomew County warrant. Officers then searched Ramsey and found a small bag containing a white, powdery substance, bolt-cutters and a window push.
The white, powdery substance later was determined to be methamphetamine.
“Up in that area, he had the tools,” Myers said. “One could think those tools could be used to break in vehicles. ... They did the right thing by calling. That is suspicious.”
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