A man accused of breaking into businesses to steal their gumball machines pleaded guilty Monday to 10 counts of burglary, officials said.
Tyrone Love, 36, was accused of breaking into businesses including Lewis Jones on 13th Street, Buck Law Offices on Wynnton Road and CiCi’s Pizza on Whittlesey Road, said Columbus Police Lt. Steve Cox. He pleaded guilty to 10 burglaries before Muscogee County Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen and was sentenced to four years in prison, followed by 16 on probation, officials said.
“He’s going to prison,” said Assistant District Attorney Brad Bickerstaff. “He needed to go to prison. Businesses don’t deserve to have their windows broken in and their gumball machines taken.”
A restitution hearing in the cases is scheduled for next month. Bickerstaff said the damage from the 10 break-ins and theft of cigarettes from Lewis Jones amounts to $7,753.01.
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Police released surveillance video on July 12 of the suspect breaking into Lewis Jones. He was arrested the next day.