Columbus police arrested two Indianapolis men Tuesday on charges of attempted burglary, in connection with a tavern and restaurant near Interstate 65.
George E. Brown, 48, and Troy Copeland, 46, were pulled over a mile north of Taylorsville on northbound I-65 shortly before 8:30 a.m., said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Myers.
The incident began shortly after 8 when an employee of Scores Sports Bar and Grill, 3539 W. Two Mile House Road, Columbus, heard security alarms coming from the business as she arrived to unlock the doors, Myers said.
In an email to The Republic, the employee stated she saw two men trying to break into Scores through the back door. She wrote that while she didn’t get out of her vehicle, the men began running toward her. That prompted her to drive off quickly and call police.
Myers, who corroborated the woman’s account without releasing her name, said the employee saw the suspects run to their car and drive east toward I-65. The employee provided detailed descriptions of both men and their vehicle, he added.
Responding officers were sent both north and south on the interstate. The northbound officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle, pulled up behind it and helped coordinate the felony traffic stop north of Taylorsville, Myers said.
The entire interstate was closed for about 15 minutes between the 76- and 80-mile markers, Myers said.
Brown and Copeland each were arrested on a charge of attempted burglary, a Class C felony.
Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will determine what, if any, formal charges will be filed.
Police said they are investigating whether Brown and Copeland are connected to burglaries of other Columbus businesses Tuesday morning, based on video surveillance images and the times and locations of the incidents.
Columbus police have obtained surveillance video at Mfg. Furniture, 1535 N. National Road, that shows money and other items being stolen.
Money was stolen from the Mattress Firm, 1920 N. National Road, and a break-in of Papa Murphy’s Pizza, 1675 N. National Road, was attempted, Myers said.
Investigators in Seymour and Edinburgh said Brown and Copeland are not suspects in burglaries that occurred at three businesses along I-65 early Sunday morning between Seymour and Edinburgh.
Video surveillance indicates the suspect in those crimes were white males driving a silver-colored pickup, Edinburgh Deputy Police Chief David Lutz said.
Brown and Copeland are black.