Alert neighbor helps Columbus police make burglary arrest

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 18, 2013 

An alert neighbor who was doing yard work Friday helped Columbus police arrest Tommie Lee Bailey, 30, of 23rd Street on a felony charge of first-degree burglary.

According to a police report and testimony during Saturday’s preliminary hearing in Columbus Recorder’s Court, Bailey was identified as the driver of a minivan in which a 60-inch LG television valued at $1,000 was recovered. It was reported missing from a residence on 21st Street, where Officer Allan Brown was dispatched at 3:02 p.m. Also stolen but not recovered were a 41-inch Toshiba TV valued at $400 and a Smith & Wesson pistol valued at $600.

Bailey’s mother testified that he was gone for only 27 minutes when she allowed him to borrow the vehicle, supposedly to pick up her grandchild. Bailey testified that the two other suspects, who were still at large and kicked in the rear door of the residence, didn’t tell him the real purpose of their trip.

Judge Michael Joyner told Bailey he could share that information in Superior Court, where the case was sent while Bailey was held in the Muscogee County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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