A 38-year-old man mostly stole cigarettes when he broke into five Columbus businesses over the course of two months, according to testimony Wednesday morning in Recorder’s Court.
Quincy Lamond Tolbert, who allegedly targeted some of those five businesses multiple times, pleaded not guilty to nine counts of smash and grab burglary. He was ordered held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Officer Jason Carden said the businesses that were burglarized included the Family Dollar on Buena Vista Road, the Piggly Wiggly on Brown Avenue, the Walgreens on Wynnton Road, the Publix on Macon Road and the Rite Aid on Wynnton Road.
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The incidents happened between May 17 and Sunday. The Walgreens and Family Dollar were broken into multiple times.
The offender used the steel cover of a water meter to break into the businesses, causing approximately $2,500 worth of damages. At least $4,000 worth of items were reported stolen, Carden told the court.
“In pretty much 90 percent of them, all that was taken were cigarettes,” Carden said.
After reviewing surveillance footage of the incidents, officials identified Tolbert as the suspect. Members of the patrol division recognized him from previous arrests. He has multiple burglary convictions, the judge added.
Tolbert was taken into custody on Tuesday and interviewed. He admitted to all nine break-ins, according to police.
Tolbert, who was represented by a public defender, didn’t testify in court.
Businesses targeted in rash of burglaries
- Family Dollar - 2126 Buena Vista Road
- Piggly Wiggly - 910 Brown Avenue
- Walgreens - 2510 Wynnton Road
- Publix - 3201 Macon Road
- Rite Aid - 2300 Wynnton Road