The owner of the Upscale Carwash & Detail recognized the man who broke into her business after seeing him on a surveillance camera, according to testimony Thursday in Columbus Recorder’s Court.
Calvin Callaway, 30, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary and possession of a drug-related objects. He was ordered held in the Muscogee County Jail under bonds totaling $7,250.
Judge Julius Hunter bound the case over to Superior Court.
Columbus Police Officer Tyler McCrea and Cpl. Walter Haywood were called to the intersection of St. Marys Road and Leary Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a possible burglary suspect.
Upon arrival, they spoke with the owner of the Upscale Carwash & Detail at 100 North Oakley Drive. She said someone broke into her business around 3:45 a.m. Monday and took the television connected to her security camera system.
She replaced the television that night and reviewed the footage.
“Upon reviewing the video, the owner saw she saw a man approach the back door of her business, and minutes later the footage ended,” McCrea said. “She said the only reason the footage would have ended was if the camera system was disconnected from its bast and from the television.”
She recognized the burglar as someone who stands on the corner of St. Marys Road and Interstate 185 begging for money. She went to the intersection after reviewing the video and allegedly saw him standing at that same location wearing a black T-shirt with white lettering on it.
She told police he walked up to a house on Leary Avenue and changed clothes next to a vehicle parked in the yard. Officials saw that he approached the vehicle and found a black t-shirt with white lettering on it in the back seat.
McCrea said they located the suspect in the area and took him into custody. Police said they found a pipe in Callaway’s possession that he said was for crack cocaine.
Officials said Callaway also stated he was at the Wells Fargo near the car wash the morning of the burglary but didn’t break into the business.
He said it was man with the street name “Jamal” who committed the crime. Police did not indicate that they were searching for any additional suspects in the case.