An observant neighbor in Clintonville helped police bust a burglary ring red-handed, but now a soda bottle may lead to more charges against the suspects.
A woman called police when she saw people allegedly rifling through her neighbor's house. Police apprehended Brian Mills and Brooke Blackstone, and they said Tarah Reuther was driving a getaway car.
Another house nearby was also burglarized.
The woman who lives at that home requested anonymity, but told 10TV that she would never forget how she felt when she walked through the front door.
"Every room in the house had been turned upside down," she said. "All the drawers opened, rifled through."
After her home was broken into, she called 911 to report the stolen items. They were found in the getaway car being driven by the suspects in the other break-in.
While they had her property, it may be something left at the home that helps police link the suspects to both burglaries.
"They were foolish enough to get some pop from our refrigerator, help themselves to it, and then leave it on the counter," the victim said.
The bottles are now being processed for DNA which could provide the evidence needed to link the trio to that burglary.
Columbus Police also recently caught another pair of suspects in that neighborhood inside an abandoned home they believe were trying to steal copper pipe. They arrested one suspect, but another got away. They do not believe the crimes are connected.
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