Man Breaks Into Car In Church Parking Lot, Makes Getaway On Bike

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Glass still litters the North Linden church parking lot where Tomiko Johnson first learned someone broke into her car.

She was in disbelief when someone told her that her window had been shattered in the middle of the day.

Surveillance video from Monday shows a man on a bicycle riding into the parking lot.

“And he puts his head on my glass and was searching around to see what all was in there,” said Johnson.

The man leaves out a back gate, only to return minutes later through a back alley.

He breaks into Johnson’s car and steals her purse. The man grabs what he wants, dumps the rest and rides away on a bike.

What bothers Johnson the most is that she suspects someone from the neighborhood may be involved. She said very few people know of the entrance the man used.

Just days before the car break-in, the learning center and church held a community-wide block party.

“They gave away school supplies, book bags, clothes (and) there was raffles, gift cards,” explained Johnson. “For someone to actually, two days later, come on the church property and vandalize a vehicle and steal -- I think that was the part that was very disheartening. You pay it forward, and they take it back.”

Johnson says the only thing she will change is where she parks, and maybe a few extra security cameras will be added.

Johnson says police took some pieces of glass as evidence since the suspect left a blood trail while breaking in.

Columbus police are reviewing the surveillance to see if they can connect the thief with other crimes in the North Linden area.

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