Car Break-In Victim’s Quick Action Leads To 2 Arrests


UPDATED: Friday July 5, 2013 6:16 PM

Two men are charged in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins in north Columbus.

Patrol officers charged James Lindsay and Robert Posey with receiving stolen property.

The pair is accused of breaking into numerous vehicles overnight on Tamarack Circle and Goldengate Square.

Steven Carter said he was one of the victims of the break-ins.

When he went out to his car, he found that the radio had been taken out of the dashboard, two windows were broken and his backseat was torn.

He said he immediately jumped in his vehicle.

“I instantly grabbed my keys and jumped in my car and left,” Carter said. “I ran out of the house so fast. I didn’t have anything on me. I didn’t even have shoes on.”

Carter said he did not know what he was looking for but took off down the road, hoping to find the people who broke into his car.

A few miles away, he said he spotted a suspicious vehicle with the license plate covered. He followed the SUV to the Abbey Lane apartments.

“I pulled into the convenience store across the street and turned my lights off,” Carter said.

He said he flagged down a passing patrol officer and headed home to call 911.

On Tamarack Circle East, police uncovered two more damaged vehicles and electronics missing.

Police arrested the two men and impounded their vehicle, in which they found numerous stereos inside.

Police are now trying to determine if the two are linked to any other crimes.

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