What began as a minor theft witnessed outside a convenience store early Thursday ended in the arrest of a Columbus man on drug charges.
Charles Bryant, 41, was arrested on charges of theft, illegal possession of a syringe and possession of drug precursors, all Class D felonies. Bryant, of 1023 Ninth St., also is charged with possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
It started about 2 a.m. Thursday after a local resident outside the Circle K store at 1644 Central Ave. saw someone cut the hose off one of the air-filling stations and conceal it in a bag attached to a bicycle, Columbus Police Department spokesman patrolman Ben Quesenbery said.
The resident saw the man pedaling south on Central, Quesenbery said, and another officer located Bryant three blocks south of the store.
A computer check showed Bryant was wanted on arrest warrants for missing court dates on earlier charges, including a late-October arrest for theft, as well as for driving while suspended in September 2011.
Besides the air hose, a police search turned up several syringes, a glass smoking pipe, three knives, digital scales and precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, Quesenbery said.
As of Thursday afternoon, Bryant was being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of a $45,355 surety or $4,535 cash bond.
The office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what charges, if any, are filed against Bryant.