Columbus State University police chase and catch men in sting operation

lgierer@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 16, 2012 

In an incident that involved a car chase, Columbus State University police officer apprehended three men this morning they say stole electronic equipment from the school library.

Chief Rus Drew said his office had received complaints from students about items such as laptops and cell phones being taken.

Drew said a sting operation was set up with electronic equipment left on tables near other items that made it look as though students had left them.

Three undercover officers were keeping watch. Drew said it was about 10:15 a.m. when "the bait was taken."

Two men rushed out of the library with officers in pursuit. One, Jason Chittum, 26, was caught in the parking lot.

A car came and picked up another suspect Drew said.

"First the suspect jumped on the trunk of the car then he was able to get it," Drew said.

Four CSU police cars chased the suspects across Manchester Expressway and caught them near Legacy Chevrolet.

Drew said drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle.

Drew said the driver of the vehicle was 39-year-old Benjamin Huff and the other suspect was his son 18-year-old Benjamin Huff.

Drew said none of the three suspects have a connection to the school.

Nobody was injured.

Drew said he was proud of his officers.

The suspects were taken to the Muscogee County Jail. Charges are pending.

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