For less than 24 hours, Columbus law enforcement had Jakeith Robinson safely in custody.
Police have sought 19-year-old Robinson since early December, when they developed him as a suspect in an alleged burglary ring that authorities believe affected more than two dozen homes in north and east Columbus.
Robinson allegedly stole a neon red Dodge Tuesday before he was arrested at St. Francis Hospital Wednesday afternoon. His reason for being at the hospital was not given.
He was charged with felony theft by taking motor vehicle and burglary in the first degree, and released from Muscogee County Jail on a $9,500 bond that same day.
Robinson was the eighth member of the alleged ring to be arrested.
Police arrested the first batch of alleged burglars — Laquinton Robinson, 22, Rickey Henderson, 19, Jacobee Matthews, 20, Demon Moore, 20, and Emmanuel Williams, 18 — Nov. 6, while investigating reports of two stolen cars at the 1024 Veterans Parkway Econo Lodge.
While searching the two rooms rented by the five men, police allegedly found large flat screen TVs, Samsung and iPhone cellphones, a Playstation 3 and the keys to the grey Acura.
Three guns — all loaded, some stolen — were recovered inside the hotel room as well, along with 160.8 grams of marijuana, hidden behind the toilet.
Alexander Streeter, 20, of Columbus, was arrested in Atlanta last month when he was shot by a Georgia State Patrol trooper after a chase involving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Columbus. Streeter was paralyzed in the shooting, Cox said, and is still in custody in Atlanta.
Wayman McMillian, 18, was arrested Dec. 4 after he sought treatment at the Midtown Medical Center. He was allegedly treated for shooting himself in both legs. He is accused of crashing one of the stolen cars police were investigating at the Econo Lodge on Nov. 6.
Police are still searching for 25-year-old Chris Gilliam and 26-year-old Delmorris Boyd. Anyone with information should contact Investigative Services at 706-653-3400.