Alleged burglar charged with stealing Columbus officer's badge

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 10, 2014 

Traveon Thomas

In Traveon Dequan Thomas' bedroom, Columbus officers allegedly recovered a police badge stolen from one of their own, according to court testimony.

Thomas, 19, faced a first degree burglary charge during a Monday morning Recorder's Court hearing. According to the Muscogee County Jail website, the teen was booked in the jail on Jan. 24 after he was charged with attempted burglary and theft by taking.

After an officer's Foxdale Drive home was burgled in mid-January, investigators started to suspect Thomas might be connected to the case, an officer told the court. The Foxdale Drive home, which belongs to the officer's fiancé, was broken into through a rear window.

A search warrant was released for Thomas' Pinola Avenue home, where police allegedly found the officer's badge, along with a stolen shotgun, nine credit cards and two unspecified forms of ID. Police also found a large-screen TV, a PlayStation 3 and other electronics.

Some of the items recovered were from separate burglaries, the officer said.

The details of Thomas' previous charges were not given.

Judge Michael Cielinski set no bond on Thomas' buglary charge, citing the unresolved charges. Thomas' case will be bonded over to Muscogee County State Court.

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